Safety Equipment Guidelines for : SAFETY SHOWERS & EYEWASH

ansi z358.1 emergency eyewash and shower
Emergency shower and eyewash Installation Requirements for Permanently-Installed Units
April 12, 2018
April 12, 2018

Safety Equipment Guidelines for : SAFETY SHOWERS & EYEWASH

safety Emergency Showers & Eyewashes

All emergency showers and eyewash facilities shall meet the requirements of CCR Title 8,
Section 5162, NFPA 99 Chapter 10, and ANSI Z358.1 and shall be installed in accordance
with ANSI Z358.1


Emergency eyewash and shower locations shall be identified with a highly visible sign. The areas
around the eyewash or shower shall be well lighted and highly visible.

Whenever possible, the floor immediately beneath the eyewash and emergency shower, and to a
radius of between about 12-30 inches, shall be a distinctive pattern and color to facilitate promoting a
clear path of access.

CCR, Title 8, Section 5162(a-b)
8 CCR 5125
NFPA 99, Chapter
ANSI Z358.1, 4.6
ANSI Z358.1, 5.4.5


No obstructions, protrusions, or sharp objects shall be located within 16 inches from the center of
the spray pattern of the emergency shower facility.

Electrical apparatus, telephones, thermostats, or power outlets should not be located within 18
inches of either side of the emergency shower or emergency eyewash facility (i.e., a 36-inch
clearance zone).

CCR, Title 8, Section 5162(c)
ANSI Z358.1

 Guardian Safety Shower with Eyewash

Third party certification is obtained by manufacturers of eyewash and shower equipment. ISEA members built this requirement into the standard to demonstrate their commitment to quality and end user safety.

Emergency eyewash and showers shall be inspected by a designated employee weekly and shall be
so documented. The inspection should consist of ensuring that the area is clear of obstacles, that
signage is posted and that the shower or eyewash is operable.

Eyewash Check Log Document your weekly checks of the eyewash stations on this sheet

Inspection Items
The inspection should include these items, according to the ISEA guide:

  • Is the emergency equipment installed as the manufacturer’s instructions recommend?
  • Can employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals reach the equipment within 10 seconds from the location of the hazard?
  • Is the equipment on the same level as the hazard area, and is the path between them unobstructed?
  • Is a highly visible sign in place indicating the location of the emergency equipment?
  • Is it delivering tepid flushing fluid?
  • Does the fluid flow rate meet the requirements of the equipment being tested?
  • Does the valve remain open without the use of the operator’s hands?

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