Hughes temperature-controlled emergency safety shower and eye wash station

Temperature Controlled Safety Showers To Ensure Tepid Water Provisions

On industrial sites without a reliable hot water source, the provision of plumbed-in safety showers and eye/face washes able to provide tepid water can be challenging. International standards stipulate that safety equipment must provide tepid water, defined as between 16C and 38C, to prevent further injury in the event of a chemical spill and to prevent the casualty from pulling away from the flow of water before completing a full 15-minute decontamination.

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What are ANSI Z358.1-2014 and EN15154 requirements for safety showers and eye washes?

The American National Standards Institute are responsible for the internationally recognised safety standard surrounding safety shower and eye/face wash equipment, and EN15154 as the European equivalent. Compliance to these standards is crucial to ensure your work site supplies the necessary equipment to aid a casualty in the event of a chemical spill and prevent any further harm from being caused.

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Top-down view of Hughes Zero Power Cooler integrated into emergency tank shower lid in hot, arid climate

Why the Hughes Zero Power Cooler is Your Solution for Achieving ANSI Compliance

Emergency tank-fed safety showers are essential, life-saving pieces of equipment to decontaminate a casualty in the event of a chemical spill. In remote environments, tank showers remain the preferred solution as they are self-contained and do not require a plumbed-in water source for a full decontamination. In extremely hot climates, the temperature of the water within the overhead tank can heat due to solar radiation, risking scalding for the user.

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Transparency on hazards and how to improve site safety in glass manufacturing

From food and drink containment to perfumes and colognes, glass and glass containers are an essential part of our day-to-day lives. It’s forecasted that 916 billion units of glass bottles and containers will be manufactured in 2028 alone. Throughout the production process, many caustic and corrosive chemicals such as ammonia, silane, and titanium tetrachloride are used which can cause severe harm in the event of a chemical spill. Worker safety must be maintained as a priority.

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A Hughes Safety Showers engineer carries out regular maintenance work on an enclosed safety shower and eye wash unit

Why Is Safety Shower Maintenance So Important?

Safety showers are the first line of defence against the effects of skin contact with chemicals or dangerous materials. When they haven’t been properly maintained or regularly serviced, they don’t offer workers the protection needed in emergencies. The impact can be severe – life-changing injuries, permanent disabilities, and in the worst scenarios, even death.

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Can your safety showers survive the cold?

With winter quickly approaching, ensuring that your emergency safety equipment can withstand the steep drop in temperature is a must. The UK’s winter temperatures average between 6.6C and 7.4C, with other areas of Europe, such as Germany, reaching lows of -3.8C. In these conditions, water can freeze in the standpipe, rendering the unit inoperable. If your safety showers and eye baths are not functional in the event of an emergency, this poses further danger to the casualty and significant fines and/or imprisonment can be imposed.

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