Emergency Response

When working with hazardous materials, it is important to be ready in case of spills or bodily contact. To help you respond quickly to the most serious emergencies, Magid offers a full line of eye and body wash stations, as well as sorbents for spill cleanup. Magid also sells electrolyte replacement drinks from Gatorade and Sqwincher, helping workers in hot conditions to keep cool and well-hydrated.

Types of Emergency Response
Eye and Body Wash Stations: Designed to flush harmful irritants out of the eye in emergency situations. Tap-connected and self-contained units available.
  Sorbents: Pads and rolls designed to absorb and retain oil and water-based solvents, coolants, and other liquids.
  Rehydration Products: Concentrated liquid and powder-based drinks that replenish electrolytes for workers operating in hot and humid conditions.

Highlights of OSHA’s Emergency Response Requirements and Recommendations

  • When the eyes or body of workers may be exposed to injurious materials, the company must provide suitable facilities within the work area for immediate flushing of the eyes and body.
  • Guidelines for cleanup of hazardous materials vary based on the type and quantity of materials being used and stored at your facility. Consult a safety professional or www.osha.gov to see what cleanup materials and policies are required in your particular workplace.
  • Workers in hot or humid areas must have ready access to water or electrolyte drinks such as Gatorade or Sqwincher. Six ounces every 15 minutes is recommended for moderate activity in hot conditions.
  • It is recommended that workers unused to hot environments be eased into their jobs over a 5-day week, starting at 50% workload and increasing incrementally.
Visit www.osha.org to view the complete standard, as well as other resources available to help you ensure a safe, compliant emergency response program.

Eyewash and Shower Stations

  • Anywhere there is a risk of a worker being injured by contact with harmful materials, emergency eyewash and shower equipment is required by OSHA CFR 1910.151.
  • ANSI Z358.1-2009 Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment states that equipment should be available for immediate use, but in no instance should it take an individual longer than ten (10) seconds to reach the nearest facility.
  • Quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body can save an affected employee’s vision or life.
Under what circumstances are eyewash units required?

Most common hazards include painting, chemical storage/usage, battery charging areas, or anywhere where hazardous materials are being stored or handled. If you are already using chemical resistant gloves, cartridge or air-supplied respirators, chemical resistant goggles, or using flammable storage containers or cabinets, chances are that your MSDS will require emergency eyewash or shower equipment.

Choosing the right sorbent products for workplace safety

  • Universal Maintenance - ideal for absorbing hydraulic fluids, water, vegetable oil, acetone, turpentine, hexane, MEK, and many other kinds of fluids. 
  • Oil Only - these types of pads absorb hydrocarbons only.
  • Economy Oil Only - absorbs all hydrocarbons including fuel oil, gasoline, lubricating oils, and diesel.
  • Hazmat - ideal for any spills of known and unknown liquids, including caustic soda, sulphuric acid, hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, and other harmful chemicals.
  • Polybacked Absorbent Pad - can be used as a general purpose absorbent that absorbs liquids, including water-based liquids.
  • Anti-static - specially treated to repel water and absorb oil, as well as other hydrocarbons and can be used to absorb fuels that are volatile even in cold temperatures.

Why should you drink rehydration products?

  • Workers can lose up to two (2) gallons of fluid per day. 
  • Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are a direct result of fluid and electrolytes loss.
  • Avoid worker dehydration and heat illness by replacing lost fluids with a drink containing electrolytes.