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Survey Reveals Safety Managers' Confidence with Workplace Eyewash Stations


From small particles like sawdust and cement chips to chemicals that
cause burns, there are numerous workplace hazards that pose a risk to
employees' eyes. A survey conducted among 124 safety professionals at
the 2018 ASSP Professional Development Conference, June 3-6 in San
Antonio, Texas, reveals whether businesses are prepared for these
difficult-to-avoid eye injuries. Conducted by Cintas
(NASDAQ:CTAS), a leading provider of workplace first
aid and safety supplies, the survey found that just 3 in 10 safety
managers are extremely confident that their eyewash station would
properly function in the event of an emergency.

"Each year, productivity losses, medical expenses and workers'
compensation costs related to eye injuries total more than $300 million1,"
said Katie Gough-Edwards, Director of Marketing – First Aid & Safety,
Cintas. "Businesses must have effective eyewash stations installed,
accessible and regularly maintained to reduce the impact of eye injuries
that can cause serious damage and even permanent loss of vision if not
properly and quickly treated."

Seventy-seven percent of the survey respondents have plumbed-in eyewash
units, 59 percent have gravity fed units and 41 percent have
supplemental bottles onsite. The survey also revealed safety managers'
confidence around the following:

  • Employees can easily locate and access the eyewash station – just 36
    percent of respondents are extremely confident
  • The eyewash station is regularly maintained – only 4 in 10 safety
    managers are extremely confident

The Safety Director™ eyewash station gives employees access to a
functioning eyewash station in the event of an emergency. Cintas
installs these gravity fed units, conducts monthly inspections and
services the units quarterly. Cintas also provides plumbed eyewash units
with various mounting options and emergency eye and skin wash bottles to
act as a supplemental eyewash station.

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About Cintas Corporation:

Cintas Corporation helps more than one million businesses of all types
and sizes get READY® to open their doors with confidence every
day by providing a wide range of products and services that enhance our
customers' image and help keep their facilities and employees clean,
safe and looking their best. With products and services including
uniforms, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products,
fire extinguishers and testing, and safety and compliance training,
Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday®. Headquartered
in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held Fortune 500 company traded over
the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component
of both the Standard & Poor's 500 Index and Nasdaq-100 Index.


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