The ANSI Z358.1-2014 is a standard set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) regarding emergency eyewash and shower equipment. This specific standard provides minimum performance and use requirements for eyewash and shower equipment for the emergency treatment of the eyes or body of a person who has been exposed to hazardous materials.
The ANSI Z358.1-2014 standard is designed to ensure that, in the event of an emergency, workers have immediate access to a device that can mitigate injuries caused by exposure to harmful chemicals or substances.
Yes, the ANSI Z358.1-2014 standard does provide specific design requirements for eyewash stations. Some of these include:
These design requirements are meant to ensure that eyewash stations are effective and can be used easily and safely in the event of an emergency.
The ANSI Z358.1-2014 standard permits the use of tap water in eyewash stations, but it’s essential to consider a few factors:
In some cases, especially in facilities where the quality of tap water can’t be guaranteed, it might be safer to use buffered saline solution in eyewash stations. Buffered saline solution is specifically designed to be compatible with the human eye and can be more comfortable and effective at flushing out irritants.
As always, it’s important to follow local regulations and consult with safety professionals to ensure the correct setup for your specific situation.