Wormald has introduced a national safety shower and eye wash service. The number of safety showers and eye wash units installed has increased in the past few years, but many organisations are unaware of the specific requirement for servicing this emergency safety equipment.
ANSI Z358.1 specifies that all safety showers and eye wash units be serviced at least once a year to ensure compliance. In fact, to ensure the proper operation of such safety devices in emergency situations many sites would require six-monthly servicing.
Most safety showers and eye wash units are subject to hazards such as dust and corrosion in the water pipes. These hazards will clog up the fine screens within the shower and eye wash units, restricting or ceasing water flow for decontamination when urgently required.
To meet ANSI Z358.1 and ensure equipment will work when it is needed, a good service should include;
- Testing water delivery rate and flow pattern
- Reviewing location of units
- Regulatory signage and lighting for each unit
- Inspecting water quality and suitability
- Providing safety information and guidance for regular in-house testing
Regular safety shower and eye wash unit servicing to ANSI Z358.1 is designed to offer site managers and OHS officers peace of mind when it comes to site safety.