Trends in … eyewashes and showers

Safety the top priority, expert says

“Safety first.” That’s what Andy Reichlin, national sales manager – industrial for Warminster, PA-based ThermOmegaTech, had to say when asked what advice he provides to customers regarding eyewashes and showers. “ANSI Z358.1 and OSHA requirements are put in place to ensure an adequate amount of tepid water is available as long as it is needed to keep employees safe.”

Added Ryan Pfund, senior product manager for Menomonee Falls, WI-based Bradley Corp.: “Tepid water is defined as 60-100° F or 16-38° C. This temperature will need to be present throughout the entire 15-minute drench. Using technology such as thermostatic mixing valves or electric tankless water heaters helps ensure tepid water is supplied in a dependable and efficient manner for the entire 15-minute duration.”

Another option: steam technology. “Tepid water delivery systems can help make steam a safer option – via redundant safety features to eliminate temperature spikes and the creation of a spark-proof environment through valve automation,” Reichlin said. “The right products, combined with a regular maintenance schedule that incorporates weekly checks, will provide the safest possible environment for employees.”

Speaking of maintenance schedules, Pfund said that “weekly activation ensures nothing is blocking the flow of the flushing fluid and eliminates any chance of contamination from stagnant water. It’s important that all heads of the device are activated, including the eyewash or eye/facewash head, as well as the showerhead. Take time to flush lines long enough to clear the line of sediment and debris buildup.

“Self-contained units should also be visually inspected weekly. Inspection tags are often included with fixtures to document testing and satisfy a safety audit.”

Compiled with the assistance of the International Safety Equipment Association

Coming next month:

  • Hearing protection
  • Protective clothing

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