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Emergency Eyewashes & Showers: Q&A with ANSI Expert


Answers provided by Justin Dunn, Haws Product Specialist / Trainer

How often do I have to test my showers and eyewashes?

Testing is required on both a weekly and annual basis. Weekly test consists of a quick on/off “bump” test to ensure water flow to the equipment and clear out the dead leg in the supply line. An annual test is a full 15-minute performance test measuring the entire unit against the ANSI Z358.1 standard.

How can I fix flow issues without having to replace the full shower and eyewash unit?

This is easily done using our AXION Advantage retrofit kits that can fix the most common issues with emergency equipment including simultaneous flow, uneven flow rates, and injurious flow rates. Our kits can retrofit old Haws models as well as 80% of our competitor’s units helping to bring them back into compliance.

What is the OSHA Standard for showers and eyewashes and do they use ANSI?

The OSHA standard is 29 CFR 1910.151 (c) and states “where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use”. OSHA references the ANSI Z358.1 standard as the primary source for compliance and will often issue fines using the standard.

How do I know what to check on the weekly and annual test?

You can do this by one of three methods: (1) Use the complimentary Haws ANSI checklist created specifically for weekly and annual testing compliance using the Z358.1 standard, found HERE, (2) watching a step by step video on how to test, found HERE, or (3) taking our 25 minute online competent inspector training course that will certify you for 2 years to conduct the weekly and annual inspections accurately. Only $49.99, found HERE.

Is there a company that will come and test all my units for compliance?

Haws offers a FREE 1-day shower and eyewash site survey for sites that qualify. A trained and experienced representative will visit your site and measure your equipment against the ANSI Z358.1 standard for any non-compliance issues and even provide solutions to help bring you back into compliance. You can find out if you qualify HERE.

Contact Justin Dunn:
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775.353.8396