WEBINAR: A Comprehensive Guide to ANSI Z358.1 and Emergency Shower / Eyewash Compliance

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Did you know that while the majority of business owners believe that their emergency equipment is fully functional, our research shows the reality is that there is a one in five chance they will work properly in an actual emergency?

If your facility requires emergency eyewashes or showers, attend a free CEU-certified webinar on June 19th, 2019 at 10am PT/ 1pm ET that will cover emergency equipment installation and the ANSI Z358.1 Standard.

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During the webinar you will gain a better understanding of the ANSI and ADA standard for eyewash and shower equipment, and you will see a step-by-step overview on how to test your equipment for installation and performance compliance. At the end of the webinar I’ll be available to answer any of your questions during our live Q&A session.

If you are a member of ASPE, ABIH, or IFMA, you will receive a CEU for attending this webinar. Belong to another organization? We can provide Certificates of Attendance as well.

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Here at Haws we have conducted over 800 site surveys since the program has launched and data gathered from 800+ sites and over 11,000 units inspected, we have found that only 12% of units are ANSI Z358.1 compliant. The data also shows that 78% of units are non-compliant due to performance-related issues, meaning that the units are not working properly and are not able to deliver proper first aid.

During this webinar we will have subject matter expert discuss the significant requirements of the ANSI Z358.1-2014 and how to ensure your equipment is compliant. Along with a live Q&A session, we will take you through a step-by-step tutorial on how to test your equipment for installation and performance compliance.

This webinar is free and CEUs will be offered to members of ASPE, ABIH and IFMA.

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YOUR SIMPLIFIED GUIDE TO ANSI Z358.1

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CEUs will be provided to ASPE, ABIH, and IFMA members. A Certificate of Attendance can be provided to those who belong to other organizations.

DATE:                        Thursday, October 11th, 2018
TIME:                         10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET
PRESENTERS:            Justin Dunn, Product Specialist/Trainer
                                    Samantha Hoch, Marketing Strategist

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Complimentary Site Survey of your Eyewashes and Showers

Have emergency showers and eyewashes in your facility? Do you know if they are compliant with the most recent ISEA/ANSI Z358.1- 2014 Standard?

We are offering you a COMPLIMENTARY full day site inspection of you existing emergency response equipment, regardless of brand. And that’s not even the best part…

Once the physical equipment inspection is completed, we’ll provide you a full detailed report which will include the status of each piece of equipment, an executive summary, and…

A full recommendation report detailing what we recommend you need to do to upgrade your equipment to ensure ANSI compliance!

As if that’s not enough, all you have to do to take advantage of this offering is fill out a form! Then, a Haws Representative in your area will reach out to you to schedule the site visit.

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FREE ANSI WEBINAR- JUNE 7th

YOUR SIMPLIFIED GUIDE TO ANSI Z358.1

Attend and receive a Certificate of Attendance to submit for education credits.

Did you know that more than 20,000 workplace eye injuries occur each year?

Did you know that at least 90% of those injuries were preventable with the use of proper PPE and Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment?

Sounds like it may be time to read up on the 50-page ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 Standard… Or, you could attend our free 1-hour webinar. Register now and become subject matter experts of your emergency eyewash and shower equipment including weekly and annual testing.

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This free webinar will cover: 
• ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 significant requirements
• Important 2014 revision highlights
• Compliance best practices
• Live Q&A

Attendees will receive these complimentary materials: 
• OSHA white paper
• Weekly and Annual ANSI Checklist
• Access to On-Demand Webinar

PRESENTERS: Justin Dunn, Product Specialist/Trainer at Haws & Samantha Hoch, Marketing Strategist at Haws
DATE: Thursday, June 7th, 2018
TIME: 10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET

Attend and receive a certificate of attendance to submit for education credits.

OSHA Compliance News: Mistakes that hurt

Organization: Felker Brothers Corp., Marshfield, WI.
Business: Pipe manufacturer.
Agency: OSHA.
Penalty: $110,458 (proposed).
Reason for fine: Combustible materials were located within 35 feet of welding activities.

Note: OSHA said wooden racks and form plugs were less than 35 feet away from hot work areas. The employer was also cited because machines designed for fixed locations weren’t securely anchored to prevent them from moving or walking during use. And portable jacks used to support loads weren’t marked with their rated load capacities.

Eyewashes, showers not well maintained.

It’s not enough to just provide emergency eyewash stations and body showers to workers; you also have to make sure the equipment is maintained in good operating condition.

Organization: Eddy Packing Co., Yoakum, TX.
Business: Packing plant.
Agency: OSHA.
Penalty: $128,562 (proposed).

Reason for fine: The company didn’t ensure that emergency eyewashes and body shower stations were maintained according to ANSI standards.

Note: OSHA also said the company didn’t provide fit tests to workers wearing respirators. And staffers weren’t medically evaluated to ensure they could safely use respirators. In addition, the emergency response plan didn’t include information about handling small chemical releases.

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Did you know that more than 20,000 workplace eye injuries occur each year?

Did you know that at least 90% of those injuries were preventable with the use of proper PPE and Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment?

Sounds like it may be time to read up on the 50-page ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 Standard… Or, you could attend our free 1-hour webinar on February 8th, 2018. Register now and become subject matter experts of your emergency eyewash and shower equipment including weekly and annual testing. 

Register Now>>

This free webinar will cover: 
• ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 significant requirements
• Important 2014 revision highlights
• Compliance best practices
• Live Q&A

Attendees will receive these complimentary materials: 
• OSHA white paper
• Weekly and Annual ANSI Checklist
• Access to On-Demand Webinar

PRESENTERS:
DATE: Thursday, February 8th, 2018
TIME: 10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET

Attend and receive a certificate of attendance to submit for education credits.

OSHA and ANSI Requirements for Eyewash and Safety Showers

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ANSI standard Z358.1 is detailed in terms of defining what is appropriate for safety showers and eyewash stations.

By Vince McLeod  

As lab managers and employees, we know that many inorganic chemicals (such as the mineral acids and alkalis) are corrosive to the skin and eyes. Likewise we are aware that many organic chemicals (such as acid halides, phenols, and so on) are corrosive and often toxic. Yet we Safety Guys are continually shocked by laissez-faire attitudes toward the use and maintenance of basic safety equipment by lab personnel, and the resultant unnecessary injuries.

One extreme example we constantly recall is the tragic UCLA accident just a few years ago, which resulted in a fatality from chemical burns.1 And we recently noticed a post on the American Industrial Hygiene Association pages for Lab Safety Chemical Exposure Incidents, where improper use of an eyewash resulted in a trip to the emergency room.2

The worker was using a fluorescent stain in the cytogenetics lab and felt something splash into his eyes. He was not wearing safety goggles or glasses. (D’oh!) Long story shortened, he flushed his eyes at the nearest eyewash, but they remained irritated and began to swell shut, necessitating a visit to the emergency room. Back at work a few days later, he noticed a coworker using the same eyewash to clean glassware and stainless steel trays, which were left resting in the sink in a cleaning solution. (What?!)

What does OSHA say?

In 29 CFR 1910.151 Medical Services and First Aid, it states that “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.”3 OSHA doesn’t provide more specifics regarding what constitutes “suitable” or how “immediate” is defined. So how do we know if we are meeting the intent of the law?

Fortunately, we have the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and their consensus standard Z358.1, last updated in 2014. This ANSI standard is very detailed in terms of defining what is appropriate for safety showers and eyewash stations. In fact, OSHA uses this reference as a guide when inspecting facilities. So let’s review what is “recommended” for acceptable safety equipment.

Safety shower specs

Begin by checking your facilities for the proper hardware, as recommended by Z358.1. Rest assured that OSHA will, should one or more agents show up for an inspection. For safety showers, the shower head must be capable of flowing 20 gallons per minute (gpm) at 30 psi and producing a 20-inch diameter spray pattern at 60 inches above the surface where the user stands. The center of the sprayhead pattern should be at least 16 inches from any wall, door, or obstruction. It is recommended that the shower head be mounted between 82 and 96 inches off the floor, with the valve no higher than 69 inches.

Eyewash specs

Eyewash stations target just the eyes and therefore have a lower flow requirement. ANSI Z358.1 recommends a flow of 0.4 gpm also at 30 psi. The nozzles should be at least six inches from any obstruction and mounted between 33 and 45 inches above the floor. An eyewash gauge should be used to verify and test the flow pattern.

Requirements for both

Both safety showers and eyewash stations must be able to provide the recommended flow for at least 15 minutes. This usually translates into having the equipment plumbed in with hard connections to the water supply. For example, a quick calculation for the safety shower at 20 gpm yields 300 gallons needed. Self-contained or personal wash devices are allowed, but they are considered supplemental units that can provide immediate flushing while transiting to the permanent fixture.

If the local climate presents potential for freezing conditions, the equipment must be designed to avoid freezing or protected against that situation. Activation valves must open within one second and remain open until intentionally closed or turned off. It goes without saying that these safety devices should be constructed of corrosion-resistant materials.

The 2014 update to Z358.1 added two important criteria. The first is that the requirement for tepid water is now defined as having a temperature of between 60 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 37 degrees Celsius). The second change addresses simultaneous operation for combination units. This means that if you have a drench shower combined with an eyewash station, both devices must provide adequate flows and be fully operable at the same time.

Finally and most importantly, consider the location of equipment. We know you have the 10-second rule etched into your brain, as that is the most critical element when it comes to safety showers and eyewashes. This means that travel to the unit should be under 10 seconds for all hazardous areas that need this equipment. This equals about 55 feet. In addition, the drench shower or eyewash must be on the same level as the hazard and have a clear path for travel. We recommend painting or marking the floor area underneath the shower to help keep it clear. Z358.1 also recommends equipment be installed in a brightly lit area and marked with a highly visible safety sign.

Maintenance and training

The last thing you want is to rush to the eyewash or shower, only to be drenched with nasty, sediment-laden water. ANSI recommends flushing all equipment weekly to verify proper flow, and clearing the plumbing of any deposits. If your facility does not have floor drains installed, remember to bring a large, plastic trash can to catch the water. The weekly flushing can also provide a great training opportunity to refresh the operation and travel paths for your employees.

If you want to find out about the ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 significant requirements, attend our free 1-hour webinar on September 21st, 2017.

Register now and become subject matter experts of your emergency eyewash and shower equipment including weekly and annual testing. Request a certificate of attendance after the webinar.

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• Important 2014 revision highlights
• Compliance best practices
• Live Q&A

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References

1. “tert-Butyllithium Claims Fellow Chemist at UCLA,” Chemistry Blog, January 19, 2009, http://www.chemistry-blog.com/2009/01/20/tert-butyllithium-claims-fellow-chemist-at-ucla/.

2. “Lab Safety Chemical Exposures Incidents,” American Industrial Hygiene Association, https://www.aiha.org/get-involved/VolunteerGroups/LabHSCommittee/Incident%20Pages/Lab-Safety-Chemical-Exposures-Incidents.aspx.

3. “Medical Services and First Aid,” US Department of Labor, Occupational Health and Safety Administration, https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9806.

REPOST: Compliance of Eyewash Stations in Healthcare

Medical Environment Update

September 1, 2016

SECTION: Vol. 26 No. 9 ISSN: 1520-8222

  Editor’s note: In this story, which originally appeared in Facility Care, consultant Brad Keyes, CHSP, explains the complex world of eyewash stations.
   When and where are eyewash stations required in a healthcare facility? This is one of the more frequent issues with which healthcare professionals struggle. There is a tendency to place these stations nearly everywhere, but in reality there aren’t as many locations that require eyewash stations as one may think.
   Eyewash stations are required wherever there is a possibility that caustic or corrosive chemicals could splash into an individual’s eye. It is important to note that blood and body fluids are not considered to be caustic or corrosive. It is also important to note that the use of PPE such as face shields, glasses, or goggles does not exempt a facility from needing an eyewash station.

   Where to place a station

   Most accreditation organizations base their positions on whether an eyewash station (or an emergency shower) is required on the healthcare organization’s decision to conduct a risk assessment, and on the findings of that assessment. Areas where work is done with corrosive and caustic chemicals do not necessarily require an eyewash station or emergency shower unless chemicals could be splashed into the eyes or onto the skin. An exception is if an eyewash station is part of regulation or accreditation requirements.
   For example, if an environmental services worker opens a 1-gallon container of a liquid cleaner that is considered caustic or corrosive, and inserts a suction tube for a mixer, that may not present much of a splash hazard, and a risk assessment could state that an eyewash station is not warranted.
On the other hand, if the risk assessment determines the removal of the suction tube constitutes a splash hazard, then an eyewash station would be required. Similarly, if the employee pours this chemical from its original container into another container, now the risk of a splash is much greater, and a risk assessment would likely require an eyewash station. All risk assessments are conducted with the presumption that staff will not be wearing any PPE, although eye protection, face shields, and gloves and aprons must be worn during the use of caustic or corrosive materials.
   If there are no corrosive or caustic chemicals present, there is no need to conduct a risk assessment and therefore no need for an eyewash station. Whether the term “corrosive” or the term “injurious corrosive” is used to describe a chemical, it’s all the same. Either would cause an injury.
   If there is a possibility that a corrosive or caustic material can be splashed onto the skin, then an emergency shower is required. But if a risk assessment determines there is no possibility of the chemicals splashing onto the skin through normal use, there would not be a requirement for an emergency shower. The risk assessment should also consider emergency spills as well. Just like eyewash stations, if regulation or accreditation standards require the presence of emergency showers, you would need to install one regardless of whether corrosive or caustic materials are present.

   No fair substitute

   While portable squeeze bottles are not prohibited, they are not a substitute for an approved ANSI Z358.1-2014 eyewash station because they don’t provide hands-free use and do not flow water continuously for 15 minutes. In fact, portable squeeze bottles are a potential problem for healthcare organizations since they are usually placed around an area where a potential hazard may occur. In other words, they are placed in locations where somebody decided that there is some sort of splash risk present and that a portable bottle would be of some use. This can lead to the incorrect assumption that portable bottles are an approved eyewash station.
   In addition, portable squeeze bottles need to have their water changed every two years or so, and that can be overlooked at times, leading to a citation. Also, these bottles are a huge red flag to a surveyor-once he or she sees the portable bottle, a tracer is likely to follow.

   A mandatory guidance?     

   The ANSI Z358.1-2014 standard for eyewash stations is based on recommendations from OSHA letters of interpretation. OSHA requires an employer to provide suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body when employees may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials. ANSI standards become mandatory OSHA standards only when they are adopted by OSHA. ANSI Z358.1 has not; however, it provides detailed information regarding the installation and operation of emergency eyewash and shower equipment. OSHA, therefore, has often referred employers to ANSI Z358.1 as a source of guidance for protecting employees who may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials. Accreditation organizations seem to have latched on to ANSI Z358.1 as the standard with which to comply.

   A proper assessment

   The organization is expected to conduct a risk assessment (or survey) of its facility’s operation and process areas to determine if and where eyewash stations are needed. If the facility has determined that an eyewash station is needed, that station needs to conform to ANSI Z358.1-2014, which has the following specifications:
   * Only eyewash stations that are capable of providing a flow of clean, potable water at a rate of 0.4 gallons per minute at 30 psi for 15 minutes are permitted. Some self-contained eyewash stations provide this flow requirement, but normally plumbed eyewash stations are installed.
   * The flow nozzles of the eyewash station must be mounted a minimum of 33 inches and a maximum of 45 inches above the floor, and a minimum of 6 inches from any wall, post, or other barrier.
   * Activation of the eyewash station must occur within one second or less of operating the control valve, so this typically eliminates the faucet-mounted eyewash stations that require the operation of three -levers to obtain a balanced flow of water. The control valve must remain open on its own until it is intentionally turned off.
   * Approved eyewash stations are required to be located within 10 seconds’ travel time (or 55 feet) of the hazard, and the path to an eyewash station must not be hindered or obstructed. The ANSI Z358.1-2014 standard has changed (for chemicals NOT considered to be corrosive) to allow one door in the path to an eyewash station, provided the door cannot be locked and the door swings toward the eyewash station.
   * While there is no standard that prohibits small, supplemental personal wash bottles, they cannot meet the flow rate requirements for a 15-minute flush, and therefore are not a substitute for a plumbed eyewash station. They can serve as a supplemental aid, but the plumbed eyewash station still needs to be located within 10 seconds’ travel time (or 55 feet) of the hazard. The presence of personal wash bottles may indicate a need for a plumbed eyewash station.
   * The temperature of the water must be tepid. The ANSI standard defines tepid water as being between 60 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. To achieve this temperature range, the organization may have to install mixing valves. Some accreditation organizations allow water temperatures outside of this range, provided a risk assessment is conducted by qualified individuals who analyze the hazard and the temperature of the water to flush the hazard. Qualifying individuals must include an individual with clinical or medical training.
   * Weekly activation of the plumbed eyewash stations is required to clear any sediment or bacteria. There is no specified time that the water must flow. An annual inspection of the eyewash station is required to determine conformances with the installation requirements are maintained.

   Tips for evaluating compliance

   Here are some recommendations on evaluating your existing eyewash stations for compliance:
   * In a healthcare setting, eyewash stations are typically found where cleaning chemicals are mixed (such as housekeeping areas); where plant operations take place; and in kitchens, generator rooms, boiler rooms, environmental services storage rooms for battery-powered floor scrubbers, in-house laundries, dialysis mixing rooms, and laboratories. Find out whether a risk assessment has been conducted to determine the need for eyewash stations.
   * All required eyewash stations must be operated in one second or less. This means the faucet-mounted type that requires turning aa hot water lever and a cold water lever, and then pulling a center lever, is not permitted.
   * Access to the eyewash station must be within 10 seconds (or 55 feet) of the hazard. The individual seeking an eyewash station may travel through one door to get to an eyewash station, provided the chemical is NOT corrosive and the door is unlockable and swings toward the eyewash station.
   * If an eyewash station is observed outside of an area where one is typically needed, ask the staff who work in the area why it is there. See if they have conducted a risk assessment that requires it to be there. Advise them that if there is no valid reason for the eyewash station to be there, it can be removed, which may save them the time and resources spent in maintaining it.
   * Eyewash stations may need to have a mixing valve to maintain a flow of water in the 60- to 100-degree Fahrenheit range. Ask to see the risk assessment to determine whether a mixing valve is required.
   * Every plumbed eyewash station needs to be tested weekly by flowing water to clear any sediment and bacteria. There is no requirement regarding how long the water must flow. Every eyewash station must be inspected annually to determine whether the eyewash station still conforms to the installation parameters. The weekly test and annual inspections must be documented.
   * The presence of eyewash bottles indicates someone in the organization decided the bottles were needed. Investigate and ask why the bottles are there. Determine whether there is a need for a plumbed eyewash station within 10 seconds’ travel time (or 55 feet) of the perceived hazard. Check the expiration date on the bottles.
   * Finally, always check with your state and local authorities to determine whether they have any additional requirements.
Safety Tip: Equipment Location Installation – Defining Obstructions

If it only takes a single hop, skip, or jump to get to a piece of emergency equipment from any location in your workplace, your workplace is in compliance with one of the ANSI Z358.1 requirements. A walk to the nearest emergency equipment location should total less than 10 seconds and be obstruction free. But what defines obstruction?

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Our definition of obstruction is not limited to obstacles or barriers (pipes, closed doors), it also includes impediments or delays (stairs, curbs). An obstruction would be anything that impedes access to the equipment by increasing the time to reach the unit or causing further injury. There are obvious obstructions that would clearly delay access to an emergency response shower unit in 10 seconds or less but other hazards could not only cause a delay but could cause further injury. Stairs (because of the requirement to be on the same level as the hazard), piping, boxes, cabinets, trash, office furniture, etc would all be considered a clear obstruction and should be cleared from the equipment area.

Doors are specifically discussed in the appendix of the standard which is not part of the standard but serves as a guide. The standard states that if a door is used, it must open in the direction towards the shower. Yet, a typical door that opens with a handle would not be accepted per the appendix. Ideally a shower unit that is enclosed will have saloon-type doors that swing in and out for access and don’t require the added motion and added time of twisting a handle. If a door is needed for privacy or temperature control, it must open in the direction of the shower without any type of handle to open the door.

Considerations for equipment location should go into effect before purchasing and installing. It’s important to keep in mind where each individual piece will be stationed and how many pieces will need to be purchased to make sure you are creating a predictable, reliable, stable environment to reduce any unnecessary emergency response problems or delays.

To stay up-to-date on additional safety tips, watch the ”Haws Presents ANSI Z358.1 Answered” on-demand webinar by clicking here.

ANSI Z358.1 FAQ’S: eyewash or eye/face wash? OSHA or ANSI?

Casey Hayes, Director of Haws Integrated™, is our go-to expert for questions on ANSI Z358.1. For your quick reference, Casey has responded to your most frequently asked questions to help you stay up-to-date on ANSI compliance.

What is the difference between an eye/face wash and just an eyewash?

An eyewash is specific to eyes, and the water flow rate is designed to hit only the eye surface. It is imperative that the eyewash temperature be 60° – 100° F and have a continuous flow for a full fifteen minutes. Having an eyewash with the right requirements will not only make a difference between temporary blindness and permanent blindness, but increase productivity. Nearly 2,000 eye injuries occur each day in the workplace and with only half of U.S. workplaces in compliance, the cost of an injury can be significant.

An eye/face wash will cover the eyes and a portion of the face. In addition, an eyewash has a .4 gpm minimum flow rate and an eye/face wash has a 3.0 gpm minimum flow rate.

Eye/face washes are beneficial because it’s rare that a victim only has a chemical hit the eye area so using an eye/face wash to flush more of the exposed area will only increase and enhance the emergency response.

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Does OSHA use the ANSI standard?

 OSHA requires the employer to provide suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes. While OSHA has not formally adopted ANSI Z358.1, they refer employers to the standard as a source of guidance. In other words, OSHA agrees to enforce safety standards presented by ANSI, while ANSI acts as an assistant to OSHA with safety and health standards. ANSI is recognized as an approval agency of voluntary national consensus standards.

It is the employer’s responsibility to assess the particular conditions related to the needs of the site to ensure the eye/face wash and shower unit(s) provide suitable protection for employees.

For more questions regarding ANSI Z358.1, read our white paper here.

ANSI Z358.1 FAQ: What is the Weekly Test vs. the Annual Test?

Are you unsure of when you should test the emergency showers and eyewashes in your facility? Do you know the difference between the weekly and annual testing requirements? In certain cases, a full 15-minute drench period is not required, however it is important to know what is required on a weekly basis versus annually.

ACTIVATE WEEKLY

Per the ANSI Z358.1 standard, you are required to activate the emergency equipment weekly to verify operation and to ensure there is a flushing fluid supply and clear the supply line of any sediment build-up that could prevent the flushing fluid from being delivered due to stagnant water.

How long do you activate for? ANSI states the duration of the weekly activation depends on the amount of water contained in the unit itself and all sections of pipework that are not a part of a constant circulation system, also known as the “dead leg” portions. The goal of the weekly activation is to flush out the stagnant water in the dead leg completely.

TEST ANNUALLY

All emergency eyewashes, eye/face washes, showers and combination units are required to be fully inspected annually to ensure conformance with the installation section of the Z358.1 standard for that type of equipment. The following some of the requirements that need to be met for the annual test:

  1. The equipment must be assembled and installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, including flushing fluid delivery requirement.
  2. Equipment must be accessible within 10 seconds, located on the same level as the potential hazard, and must be free of obstructions that may inhibit immediate use.
  3. Must be identified with well-lit, highly visible signage.
  4. Equipment must be connected to a supply of flushing fluid that can produce the required flush time of a full 15 minutes.
  5. Where the possibility of freezing conditions exists, equipment must be protected from freezing or freeze-protected equipment must be installed.
  6. Must deliver tepid flushing fluid for the full 15-minute drench period.
  7. Equipment must go from “off” to “one” in one second or less.
  8. Must provide a controlled flow of flushing fluid at a velocity low enough to be non-injurious to the user.

How long do you activate for? As stated above, you need to ensure the equipment is is delivering tepid flushing fluid for a full 15 minutes.

For full detailed information on the ANSI Z358.1 requirements for Emergency Eyewashes and Showers, watch the FREE on-demand webinar HERE.

For more ANSI resources such as a testing checklist, click here.