Emergency safety showers and eyewashes prevent permanent eye and skin damage from chemical burns or foreign substances generated by grinding, hammering, chipping, testing, pouring, storing, transporting, and disposing operations.
It is well known that workers’ compensation claims cost thousands upon thousands of dollars, and add up quickly. Based on the $40,000 average cost of an eye injury, it can take up to $800,000 in average additional sales revenue to recover that cost.
The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations 29CFR 1910.151 states:
“Where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious or corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use.”
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) establishes standards for minimum performance and use requirements for eyewash and shower equipment.
The ANSI Z358.1 standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment provides detailed guidelines to which federal OSHA, state OSHA, and other regulatory agencies commonly refer.
Questions—About Your Current Safety Fixtures
Are your safety fixtures:
- Properly located and equipped with appropriate options?
- Properly serviced and free of debris?
- Providing compliant water temperature?
- Meeting ANSI standards, including annual inspections?
If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” or if you’re not sure of the answer, then a site evaluation can help.
What Does a Site Safety Evaluation Include?
It’s difficult to keep up with changing safety regulations—especially when your employees are asked to do more with less. A complete site evaluation will assist your employees in meeting ANSI standards for emergency shower and eyewash safety. They can also help if you are planning to expand, relocate or even downsize work processes.
A good site safety evaluation will:
- Be thorough, detailed, and 100% confidential.
- Act as a supplemental resource to your current plant safety programs and processes.
- Include a walk-through with suggestions on products and strategies to help employees recognize and correct potentially unsafe conditions.
- Offer an onsite, hands-on inspection with those responsible for workplace safety.
- Include several components, such as customized checklists, reference materials, and measuring tools.
- Include training and surveys to help personnel respond appropriately in the event of an emergency.
- A comprehensive training guide to help maintain your safety equipment.