How to maintain and use eye-washing and Emergency showers device?

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How to maintain and use eye-washing and Emergency showers device?

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Weekly inspection and testing is crucial for effective use of emergency eye
wash and shower stations. Without a regular maintenance schedule, the water
required to safely rinse a worker’s eyes or body should they have chemical
exposure could become contaminated with particulates or chemicals (See
example 2) or the equipment could fail to function properly.

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“These inspections – that include activation – should be exercised and
documented throughout a facility, to ensure all equipment is in working
order, properly heated tepid water is available and lines are flushed,”
Pfund says.

Checklists are recommended for all equipment in order to make sure each unit
works optimally. The amount of water and its quality cannot be stressed
enough, not only because clean, sterile water is needed but also because
temperature negatively could affect the worker after chemical exposure or
affect shower operation.


What is the scope of use of the eye-washing device?
Manufactured from stainless steel, our wide range of

emergency deluge showers, eye/face wash units, platform
and self-contained showers are designed for personal
safety, particularly in applications such as mining, petroleum
and oil refineries, chemical manufacturing and handling,
as well as laboratories and hospitals.

If water is too cold, the employee might not be able to stand rinsing
themselves for the required 15 minutes. He/she could even experience
hypothermia, Gavin says. Heat is just the opposite. If the water provided
above the required 60 to 100°F, this could even speed up a chemical reaction
and subsequently cause more damage.

This is where placement works hand-in-hand with maintenance and use, and
additional or specialized equipment might need to be purchased.

“Extreme wind or cold weather environments could make standard open air
drench showers less than optimal and could lead to the need for heat-traced
products in extreme cold weather and anti-scald or chiller-equipped products
in extreme heat,” Conron indicates.

Overall, there’s no room for excuses when it comes to maintaining emergency
stations, especially when it comes to fixing it.

“The beauty of a lot of the eyewash stations if that replacement parts are
available,” Gavin says. “All of manufacturers really do a good job of
supporting replacement parts of eye washes.”

Lastly, under ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 employees must receive training to
attain an in-depth understanding of emergency showers.

“Training will allow for better safety purchases and a better level of
protection for their employees because they’re making the right choices.
When they get the training, they make better informed decisions,” Gavin

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