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Emergency Showers

Emergency showers are necessary for mitigating various hazards

Emergency showers are a required first aid equipment for preventing injuries related to being splashed by corrosive materials such as acids and powerful bases. By required, this means if your facility uses corrosive materials in any of its processes, you should install an emergency shower to prevent further injury to your workers in the event of a chemical splash, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA.

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According to OSHA, emergency showers should be installed in facilities that regularly handle corrosive materials in their day-to-day operations, as referenced in their standard 29 CFR 1910.151(c). As to specifications regarding the emergency showers themselves, the agency refers to the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standard, [Z]358.1-2004. This standard lists emergency shower specifications like placement within the facility and functionality. Some examples of these specifications are:

  • The temperature of the supplied water should be between 60 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The time it would take to reach a shower station when needed should be no more than 10 seconds.
  • There should be no obstructions between the shower and the hazard.
  • The shower should be on the same level as the hazard.