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‘The safest possible environment’

When a workplace emergency occurs, “safety equipment must work properly when called upon,” says Ryan Pfund, senior product manager for Menomonee Falls, WI-based Bradley Corp. Eyewashes and safety showers are an integral part of a facility’s emergency response plan. What can employers do to ensure these products are in proper working order for workers?

“Weekly testing and activations may seem like a heavy burden on the facility, but it’s important and necessary,” Pfund says. “Water stagnating in the supply piping may not be clean unless the product is activated on a weekly basis. Weekly activation ensures the product is properly functioning and safe for the person to use when needed. The fixture needs to be activated long enough to ensure proper flushing fluid is available and to clear the line of any sediment buildup.”

Andy Reichlin, national sales manager – industrial for ThermOmegaTech in Warminster, PA, adds: “Safety first. ANSI Z358.1 and OSHA requirements are put in place to ensure an adequate amount of tepid water is available as long as it’s needed to keep employees safe.” 

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“Conducting a walkthrough of facilities with a health or safety expert can help determine proper placement and types of fixtures for each location,” Pfund suggests. “Manufacturers often conduct free site surveys to ensure ANSI/ISEA compliance, offer industry expertise, conduct employee training, and provide customer and technical service.”

Reichlin echoes that statement: “The right products, combined with a regular maintenance schedule that incorporates weekly checks, will provide the safest possible environment for employees and the best return on capital equipment for facilities.”

Compiled with the assistance of the International Safety Equipment Association

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