When toxic substances come in contact with the eye, it is imperative that you wash them out of your eye right away. Acids and alkali can cause significant damage to the eye—and even blindness—if they are left on the eye too long because they change the pH level of the eye(s) to intolerable levels. The eyes naturally clamp shut when irritating or harmful substances come in contact with them, which can make it difficult for a person to find his or her way to an emergency eyewash station. Be on the lookout for others around you who are handling toxic substances so you can assist them if necessary. Once the person gets to the eyewash station, it is recommended that they wash their eye(s) out fora minimum of 15 minutes by flushing water from the inside corner of the eye to the outside corner. Of course, the key to keeping your eyes healthy is prevention. Make sure to wear proper eye and face protection when handling harmful substances that can splash on your face or eyes.
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