Emergency Eyewash Stations
HOW TO BE OSHA AND ANSI COMPLIANT
ANSI Z358.1-2014 Standard (Emergency Eyewash Station Requirements) sets
fourth guidelines to follow for proper location and placement of this
Each type of OSHA & ANSI compliant eye wash station has a different
maintenance schedule that ensures the unit is in proper working order in
case of emergency. There are plumbed eyewash stations which draw tap water from the pipes in a building and portable eyewash stations that are self-contained with their own solutions that do not require the use of water plumbed-in from your building.
ANSI Z358.1-2014 Standard Made Simple
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- An eye wash station should be installed at "accessible" locations and reachable within ten seconds
- Both a plumbed and self-contained eye wash station should deliver a 15 minute continuous flow
- These units should be installed wherever caustic or hazardous substances are present
- Check all relevant MSDS sheets at your facility to determine if the chemical or substance requires 15 minute eye flushing
- An eyewash should have an on-off valve that activates within one second or less with a single motion
- This safety equipment must be located in an area free of obstructions because this could inhibit immediate use
- An emergency shower and an eyewash must have a flushing fluid temperature between 60º F and 100ºF.
SHOULD I PURCHASE PLUMBED OR PORTABLE?
When purchasing an eye wash station it seems there are so many choices which can make it difficult to decide on the right unit. Remember that these units are ANSI compliant but you as the end user have to ensure that the unit remains compliant by installing the unit properly. It is your responsibility to make sure the unit is installed according to the standard.
Plumbed: If it is determined that the water supply is sufficient for a plumbed unit, an assessment of the area and space is needed in order to install an eyewash station while taking into account the proper drainage.
- Drainage: Although ANSI Z358.1 does not dictate how drainage should be handled, consideration should be given to not creating a fall hazard. When activated, a plumbed unit dispenses flushing fluid at a rate of over 3 gallons per minute. Over a period of 15 minutes, that equates to over 45 gallons of water that needs to be contained and/or drained. Before purchasing, consult with your facility manager what the costs would be to run the proper water and drainage lines.
- Space & Accessibility: When considering the location, the space needed to install the unit needs to be enough so that it is not closed in and surrounded by objects, walls, doorways, steps or any obstruction. Remember that the injured person probably cannot see well when needing emergency eye flushing. From any direction in the room an injured individual needs a clear passage to the eye wash station so that other injury does not occur. So do not compromise the installation location just because there is a drain in a location that harbors obstruction.
- Temperature: Quite often cold water is the only water available to route to the eyewash. If that is the case, and your water temperature is less than 60 degrees fahrenheit, then an eyewash heater would be the choice. If there is cold and hot water, then a thermostatic mixing valve would be needed to blend the water together to the temperature between 60 and 100 degrees.
- Cost: When you combine all of these factors above, a plumbed unit can be costly up front. The advantage is that the unit has a continuous supply of water in the event of an emergency. Maintenance includes a simple weekly flushing for 15 minutes.
Portable: If there is no access to a water supply, then a portable unit is the way to go. An assessment of the area and space is again needed but in a different manner. Drainage is also a consideration.
- Drainage: This is a factor to determine the correct portable unit. Though the quantity of gallons dispensed is less than with a plumbed unit, the amount of gallons can range between 7 and 20 gallons. The waste water would need to be contained. Some units need a container placed under them as the water drops onto the floor and some have a drainage hole in the back so the water can be directed into a container. There are also cartridge units that have drop-down reservoirs that capture the water. With any of these, when considering a receptacle, it cannot be too large or an obstruction when the injured person approaches the eyewash.
- Space & Accessibility: Available wall space needs to be considered when installing a wall mounted unit. Some units can be over 30 inches wide and/or tall. Pay attention to the measurements of the eyewash so that the proper eyewash is purchased. Remember that it needs to be installed without obstruction and needs to be highly visible to all who are working in the proximity.
- Temperature: Quite often a portable unit is an easy way to become compliant as the temperature of the flushing fluid takes on the temperature of the room where it is installed. As long as the temperature is between 60 and 100 degrees then the eyewash is compliant. If the temperature of the room is below the range, then a heated unit would be needed.
- Cost: This is a relatively inexpensive way to become ANSI compliant. The only other cost beside the eyewash unit would be the bacteriostatic solution that would need to be added to the tap water added to the unit unless it is a sealed cartridge unit.
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Most Popular Z358.1 Compliant Portables
Sometimes choosing between portable eye wash stations can be confusing. To help you get a glimpse of what is available, we've displayed four (4) of our most popular units that customers have chosen as a best value for quality cost. You can also choose from the portable category above for all of the portable units. Contact us with any questions that you have and we will be happy to help!
Compact unit that can mount on wall or sit on table or shelf
Regular Price: $194.00
Most Popular: $149.00
Compact & proven 9 gallon that hangs on the wall!
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GREAT PRICE for a 16 gallon portable unit!
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20 gallon unit that exceeds the ANSI 15 minute flush guideline
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Maintenance only every 2 years!
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Best Plumbed Wall-Mounted Deals
These 4 models are among the most widely used when it comes to installing a unit to your plumbing. Within the units below, you’ll find a basic plastic model with standard flushing heads ( Speakman SE-580), the Haws AXION with Plastic a bowl, Speakman's newest Optimus Eye & Face model, and the Opti Klens stainless steel model at the pricing level of a plastic unit. Call our experts to help with your decision!
A high quality unit and the best price! FREE SHIPPING!
Regular Price: $273.00
Most Popular: $172.00
Features the AXION Eyewash head with free shipping!
Regular Price: $320.00
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Can be installed at standard or ADA required height!
Regular Price: $319.00
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Customer Favorite Faucet Style
There are considerable differences when choosing a faucet unit. Some models screw onto the tip of an existing faucet and others are a complete unit with the faucet and eyewash combined to allow independent functioning of each component. We are here to help you with your decision based on your needs and your budget!
Faucet Eye Wash Stations
Attaches easily to almost any faucet in minutes!
Regular Price: $88.00
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Newest addition to Speakman's faucet combination units
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Perfect For The Lab
These four units are great for a lab. They can be easily be installed and don’t take up a lot of space which is perfect for this type of setting. There are swing away models that mount on the side of the deck or counter, swing down units from the back of the sink and wall mounted units. Call us to help you find the correct one for your environment and space..
Lab Eyewash Stations
Offered in Right or Left Hand Operation
Regular Price: $425.00
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Wall Mounted for Lab Use
Regular Price: $308.00
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Simply pull down over sink to activate
Regular Price: $514.00
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Swivels into position over sink with push handle activation
Regular Price: $404.00
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Ideal for Freezing & Cold Environments
To have an eye wash station deployed outdoors or in a cold or freezing environment, the flushing fluid needs to be heated in order to function and to be compliant. There are no additives available to accomplish this goal. The only way is to heat the unit and to be ANSI compliant, the water temperature needs to be between 60 & 100 degrees fahrenheit. We are here to assist you in choosing the best heated unit for your environment.
Heated Eyewash Stations
Heated version of the Haws 7501 at a great price. FREE SHIPPING!
Regular Price: $1,300.00
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Best heated unit for the harshest weather!
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Class 1, Division 2 Unit with thermal cover
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Only heated cartridge unit with heated jacket available today
Regular Price: $3,812.00
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Do you need help
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better understanding about the different types of units and how to
How To Choose One
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