& Safety Drench Showers are needed in workplaces where people have
potential exposure to hazardous materials. Generally hazardous materials
are those that can cause damage to the skin or eyes or can be readily absorbed
through the skin. These materials can be liquids, solids, gases, and vapors and
mists. The most common hazardous materials are usually in the form of
liquids and they can be common chemicals, very acidic liquids, or highly
alkaline liquids. Battery acid contains sulfuric acid and is an example of a
very acidic liquid. Ammonia is an example of a highly alkaline
liquid. Chlorine, hydrogen peroxide (bleach), and cyanoacrylate adhesives
(Super Glue) are examples of common chemicals that are hazardous.
& Safety Drench Showers are required when any potential exists for
employee / student exposure. If the hazardous material has the potential to be
splashed on the skin or into the eyes then drench showers are required. Personal
protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, and faceshields are frequently
used in these workplaces but determinations of exposure should be made without
regard to the use of these types of equipment.
There are a number of considerations for buyers of Industrial Emergency
& Safety Drench Showers stations. In the past it was a simpler product
and decision. However, today a great deal of time and money is spent on
facility planning. Today’s considerations include visibility of the
location, water containment and disposal, equipment protection, and the privacy
and protection of the users. Circular shower curtains were used in the past in
part because the equipment and requirements were simpler. Today emergency
equipment enclosures have become more popular because of the options they offer
in meeting facility and user needs.
Emergency & Safety Drench Showers that offer an enclosed area have a
number of benefits for the user and facility owner. When the enclosed
drench shower has a door or curtain the user has a certain degree of privacy and
is more likely to shed his / her clothing and to remain in the shower for a full
fifteen minute decontamination period. The enclosure also helps to contain
and drain the contaminated water from the area. Another benefit is that
the enclosure will provide protection to other equipment in the area.
Emergency & Safety Drench Showers should be tested on a weekly
basis. The primary reason for frequent testing is to confirm that the
equipment is working properly. The second reason is to flush out any sediment or
debris that may be in the water supply line. Inspection tags should be attached
to the equipment and used to document each test. Each test should last at
least five minutes for both reasons mentioned earlier. In addition, all
persons who have the potential to be exposed to hazardous materials should be
trained on the proper use of the emergency equipment. The training should
include the location of the drench showers, how they are operated, and under
what conditions they should be used.
The location of drench
showers is also very important. In general, these showers should be located
on the same floor and within a 10 second walking time. For more dangerous
materials, drench showers should be located immediately adjacent to the work
site. Any installation of a drench shower should consider the path of
travel and keep it straight and free of obstructions.
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