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Major water utilities companies across the UK - including Thames Water, Scottish Water, United Utilities and Welsh Water - specify emergency tank showers from Hughes for their site and it’s not difficult to see why.

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Hughes Safety Showers has been awarded Gold accreditation against the Investors in People Standard, joining the top thirteen per cent of accredited organisations across the UK, demonstrating their commitment to high performance through good people management.

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The acquisition of Sall, designer and manufacturer of environmental protection, material handling, and workplace safety solutions expands Justrite Safety Group portfolio.

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As would be expected within the petrochemical industry, health and safety is of great importance due to the high risk associated with the hazardous materials workers are exposed to. SOCAR Polymers were looking for an emergency safety shower solution which would ensure the water in the standpipe would be unaffected by potential solar radiation or freezing temperatures due to the extremes in the Azerbaijan climate.

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Emergency safety showers and eye/face wash units provide the first line of defence in the event of a chemical splash or spillage. Any delay in the removal of these spillages can result in serious injury with possible long-term consequences, permanent disability and even death. There are fundamental points to consider when making the important decision of selecting emergency safety equipment irrespective of the industry or the location and climate.

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The internationally recognised American National Standard, ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 provides uniform minimum requirements for the performance, use, installation, testing, maintenance and training of emergency safety shower and eyewash equipment. This summary presents the main points for consideration to assist health and safety specifiers in understanding the ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 standard.

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How you react in the first 10 to 15 seconds after exposure to a toxic substance, particularly if it is corrosive, is crucial. A delay in treatment, even for just a few seconds, can lead to serious long-term health issues or painful injuries. As such, emergency safety showers must be situated within any hazardous or industrial workplace.

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With the implementation of new building methods or infrastructure processes, it is necessary for construction sites to change in order to meet demands. As new hazards transpire or complications arise, provisions for emergency safety equipment can be challenging especially if a site does not readily have access to a clean potable water supply, or a power supply to ensure the water remains at the required tempered level. This is where portable emergency safety showers and eye/face wash stations are essential.

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When a routine audit across Thames Water revealed a chronic shortage of chemical safety showers, the company knew it had to act. Having the facility across its water treatment works is part of its statutory health and safety obligations and, in the words of one engineer, the lack of an acceptable standard of shower was “a major incident waiting to happen”. The simple solution would normally be to order an “off the shelf” shower but instead those who use them were asked to design their own.

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Hughes Safety Showers Ltd joins the Justrite Manufacturing Co. family of industrial hazardous safety and environmental spill containment products. Hughes, a leading industrial safety shower and eyewash company, expands the Justrite product range for its customers in workplace safety, which includes laboratory, process or full-scale production environments.

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