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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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Hughes Safety Showers have supplied Stockport based Robinsons Brewery with emergency safety showers and eye/face wash equipment for over thirty years. Regular servicing and maintenance is proven to extend the lifetime of safety equipment and subsequently reduce cost of ownership over time, as demonstrated at Robinsons.

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In order to provide the best possible safety equipment for your site, Hughes have gone beyond simply offering a wide range of emergency safety showers and eye/face washes. Available with each range is a wide array of optional extras to tailor your Hughes unit towards your specific safety needs. Whether it is high visibility paint, additional signage or alarms to alert other workers to the shower's operation, choosing the right optional extras for your shower ensures the best safety system for your facility.

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