Unsure about the ANSI requirements for your emergency shower or eyewash? Read on!
The ANSI standard that governs our realm of safety showers and eyewashes is the ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 and we’ve created a brief guide that will help you when looking for your shower / eyewash solution. This is by no means an exhaustive guide, it is more of a bite size chunk to get you started. You can refer to the complete standard here for a full list of requirements.
Safety Showers / Eyewashes / Tank Fed / Portable safety units
- All units must be located within 10 seconds OR 15 meters of a potential hazard
- Access must be clutter and obstacle free
- All units should be illuminated correctly and/or be highly visible along with signage
- Any doors fitted must not have a lock and must open in the direction toward the emergency device
- All units must be visually inspected AND activated weekly to flush any debris and also to ensure the device is in optimal working order
- All units must be serviced manually to assure conformance to above standard
- All employees who may be subject to hazardous substances must be trained in the use and locations of the devices
- Must be capable of delivering 75.7 litres per minute for 15 minutes
- Tepid water is suggested (16°C – 38 °C) to prevent thermal shock and ensure casualties can use the shower for the full duration of 15 minutes
- The shower head is between 208 – 244cm from the floor
Stay open valve (hands free) activates in one second or less
- Shower actuators no higher than 173cm from the floor
- Eyewash must deliver 11.4 litres per minute for 15 minutes
- Self contained eyewash shall deliver 1.5 litres per minute for 15 minutes
- Eyewash heads must be positioned between 84 – 114cm from the floor
- Eyewash heads to be protected from airborne contaminants
- Actuator to be easily accessible
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