New generation of eye/face wash technology raises threshold for worker safety
Whether the work setting is a janitorial closet, government foodservice and kitchens, battery charging station, high-dust or spraying areas or otherwise, employers must ensure that employees working with chemicals and particulate matter must be able to quickly and easily flush and drench their eyes.
Being prepared with emergency eye/face wash and other shower equipment that meet American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requirements is an integral part of any organization’s emergency response system. Significant improvements to these fixtures, including flow control, coverage and efficacy, have set a new market standard for ANSI-compliant safety solutions.
Enhanced Washdown Coverage
The new emergency shower designs incorporate fluid dynamics technology and work in tandem with a pressure-regulated flow control. This directs the flow of water to achieve an all-inclusive spray pattern that quickly washes contaminants from the user’s eyes, face or body.
For example, Bradley Corporation’s HALO eye/face wash, which is designed with fluid dynamics, provides effective contaminant and protection relief. HALO covers 85 percent of the user’s face, which ensures effective protection. The Spintec showerhead has a contoured shape with spinning water funnels to concentrate water into a gentle deluge that produces an effective flush.
It can be challenging to keep older eye/face wash systems clean and free of bacteria. Because these units are sitting out in the open and are not covered, they are prone to dust, dirt and bacteria. Also, stagnant water left in the bowl from false activations, misuse and tampering by workers can also lead to contamination of the unit.
HALO eye/face wash technology comes equipped with a self-draining design that eliminates any settled water in the system. This model also incorporates separate supply and waste pipes to prevent cross-contamination from the clean inlet and wastewater. Further, it employs anti-microbial protection, guarding sprayheads from germs and bacteria, and is available with easy-to-lift clear bowl covers. Go here for more information on HALO.
Ryan Pfund is product manager, emergency fixtures, for Bradley Corp. of Menomonee Falls, Wis. The company is a USGBC and ISEA member, and manufacturer of locker room products, plumbing fixtures, washroom accessories, partitions and emergency fixtures.