Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2004 23:23:52 -0400
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Subject: Eye injuries and green lights

We get some a fair number of random EHS-related inquiries because of
the popularity of our health/safety web materials and safety-themed
store.  This one we received today sounds a lot like a safety urban

>Do you have any information that would support the installation of
>green Fluorescent lights above eye wash station, in the event that
>someone got chemicals in there eyes.  I was told the green colour
>light is the only colour the eye picks up upon when partly blinded
>or blurred vision. when this occurs.

My instinct is that the rationale is completely false.  ANSI
Z358.1-2004 does require that the area around a shower/eyewash/hose
be well-lit, but there is nothing about it being green in there as
far as I can tell.   Perhaps there is some confusion about the dye
used to look for corneal abrasions or maybe the concept of marking
safety equipment locations with a light (or having a light and horn
that sound when the unit is activated).

Has anyone seen this green light idea before?  Or know of credible
sources that debunk or support it?


Dr. Rob Toreki
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