Emergency shower and eye wash stations are available in different iterations depending on your needs and jobsite. Grainger breaks down the requirements outlined in ANSI/ISEA Z358.1, which narrows down how to select, install and maintain eye wash/emergency shower stations.
Plumbed Shower: An emergency shower permanently connected to a continual source of potable water.
Self-Contained Shower: A stand-alone shower that contains its own flushing fluid.
Eye Wash Stations
Plumbed eye wash station: An eye wash unit permanently connected to a continual source of potable water.
Gravity-fed (self-contained) eye wash station: A stand-alone eye wash device that contains its own flushing fluid that must be refilled or replaced after use.
Personal Eye Wash and Eye Saline
A personal eye wash is a supplementary eye wash that supports plumbed units, gravity-fed units or both by delivering immediate flushing fluid.
NOTE: Personal eye wash units do not meet the requirements of plumbed or self-contained eye wash equipment. Personal eye wash units can support plumbed or gravity-fed eye wash units, but cannot be a substitute.
A drench hose is a supplemental device consisting of a flexible hose connected to a flushing fluid that’s used to irrigate and flush eyes, face and body areas.