Barrier Free Wall Mounted Eye Wash Stations are designed to provide rapid emergency eye flushing capabilities. They are required equipment in a variety of environments that deal with or handle hazardous liquids and materials. Laboratories, chemical companies, and medical facilities are some of the more common places where these eye wash stations can be found. All modern eye wash stations are now ADA compliant.
Barrier Free Wall Mounted Eye Wash Stations must be free of any barrier that would impede access to the station. These stations must be easily and quickly accessible from any direction because time is critical when chemicals or other hazardous materials have come into contact with the face or eyes. There are a variety of mounting designs but they all have a “barrier free” design in common. In addition, new barrier free eyewash regulations have been issued for all manufacturers.
Engineers have designed a number of options for Barrier Free Wall Mounted Eye Wash Stations. All eye wash stations have some type of flip-top cover to protect the individual sprayheads from dust and other foreign materials. One new design uses a stainless steel clam shell cover to protect the entire bowl and sprayheads. When the activation handle is pushed the clam shell cover opens and water begins to flow. Another option is the double throw flow switch which is designed to activate an alarm when the eye wash station is activated. This switch must be installed in the water supply line prior to or during the installation of the eye wash station. The switch will sense movement of water in the supply line and then activate the alarm. The alarm can also be connected to a remote monitoring system and it has become a very popular option. Another popular option is the freeze protection valve. This value is activated when the water temperature drops below 35 degrees Fahrenheit. When water begins to flow it will prevent water from freezing inside the water supply line.
Most Barrier Free Wall Mounted Eye Wash Stations are constructed from stainless steel or durable plastic – materials that do not corrode. Other parts such as internal valves and water lines must also be made of materials that do not corrode. All of these eye wash stations will also have a highly visible push handle that will activate the water flow. And all eye wash stations should be able to provide a steady flow of water under different water supply pressures, usually 30 to 90 pounds per square inch (PSI). This safe, steady flow of water is usually controlled by a designed integral flow control in the sprayhead. The minimum standard according to the ANSI Z358.1 documentation is an uninterruptible supply of flushing water at a minimum of 30 pounds per square inch. The minimum output is 0.4 gallons of water per minute and some eye wash stations provide up to 3.82 gallons per minute at 30 PSI. The client needs and environment will dictate which type of eye wash station best suits their needs.
Cabinet style Barrier Free Wall Mounted Eye Wash Stations have become popular in recent years because they save space in crowded areas. They are designed to be mounted between standard 16 inch wall studs. These eye wash units offer the same capabilities as other units but their activation differs slightly. Water flow is activated by pulling the unit out from the wall rather than pushing a flat handle.
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