Eye Wash Station Emergency Showers Requirements

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Eye Wash Station Emergency Showers Requirements

Eye Wash Station Emergency Showers

There are two types of Emergency Showers:
• Plumbed Shower: An emergency shower permanently connected to a source of potable water
Self-Contained Shower: A shower that contains its own flushing fluid, and must be refilled or replaced after use
The specifications below are for plumbed showers only.
Heads
Positioned from floor
Spray pattern will have a minimum diameter of 20″ at 60″ above the floor
Flow Rate-20 gallons per minute (GPM) at 30 pounds per square inch (PSI)
The center of the spray pattern shall be located at least 16 inches from any
obstruction
Valves
Activate in 1 second or less
Stay-open valve (no use of hands)
Valve remains on until the user shuts it off
Installation
Emergency Shower shall be located in an area that requires no more than 10
seconds to reach. *Consult a medical professional to determine the appropriate
distance for harsh acids and caustics (high hazard—closer distance)
Shower location shall be in a well-lit area and identified with a sign
o Shower shall be located on the same level as the hazard
Maintenance and Training
Plumbed emerqencv showers will be activated weekly to verify correct operation
All employees who might be exposed to a chemical splash shall be trained in the
use Of the equipment
All showers shall be inspected annually to make sure they meet with ANSI Z358.1 requirements

Eye Wash Station Requirements
There are two types of Eye Wash Stations:
Plumbed Eve Wash Station: An eye wash unit permanently connected to a source Of
potable water
Gravity-Feed Eye Wash Station: An eye wash device that contains its own flushing
fluid and must be refilled or replaced after use
Heads
Positioned from floor
Positioned 6″ from wall or nearest obstruction
 0.4 gallons per minute (GPM) for 15 minutes for plumbed units shall provide
flushing fluid at 30 PSI
0.4 gallons per minute (GPM) for 15 minutes for gravity-feed units
Valves
 Activate in 1 second or less
Stay-open valve (leaving hands free)
Installation
Eye wash station shall be located in an area that requires no more than 10 seconds
to reach. *Consult a medical professional to determine the appropriate distance
for harsh acids and caustics (high hazard—closer distance)
The location of the eye wash station shall be in a well-lit area and identified with a Sign
Eye wash stations shall be on the same level as the hazard
Maintenance and Training
 A plumbed eye wash station shall be activated weekly to verify proper operation
 Gravity-feed units shall be maintained according to the manufacturer’s
instructions
All employees who might be exposed to a chemical splash shall be trained in the
use Of the equipment
All eye/face wash stations shall be inspected annually to make sure they meet
ANSI Z358_1 requirements

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