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 treating a casualty can result in more serious injury with long-term consequences. Choosing the right emergency safety shower is essential and there are many fundamental points to consider.

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. Our summary presents the main points for consideration to assist health and safety specifiers in understanding the ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 standard.

It is important to meet the minimum requirements, which may be mandatory on some sites, of International and European standards although it is worth noting that this is not a legal requirement. This guide should act as an overview to assist specifiers in understanding the guidelines, please consult the complete ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 standard before purchasing or installing emergency safety equipment.

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