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Ten seconds. That’s the longest it should take anyone to reach a safety shower when splashed with hazardous chemicals. That’s about the same amount of time that it takes to tie your shoelaces or to fold a t-shirt. Ten seconds passes very quickly, but an injured person must make their way from the incident to an emergency safety shower before that time frame expires.

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A local fire brigade responds to an incident at a small chemicals factory. Many hazardous chemicals are on site and the incident has resulted in some injuries. The crew swings into action as their training and experience kick in. They assess the situation, demarcate the danger zone and don their full protective hazmat suits. These brave emergency responders risk their own lives to rescue injured workers and contain the situation.

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An emergency safety shower seems like a very simple piece of safety equipment. It must provide tepid water. It should activate quickly. It needs to flow for at least 15 minutes. But, is a simple on/off safety shower the right equipment for every environment?

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In an emergency shower situation, tepid water is vital to ensuring worker safety. The most widely accepted international standard for safety showers and eye/face wash equipment, ANSI Z358.1-2014 specifies a tepid water supply to the shower.

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The internationally recognised American National Standard, ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 provides uniform minimum requirements for the performance, use, installation, testing, maintenance and training of emergency safety shower and eyewash equipment. This summary presents the main points for consideration to assist health and safety specifiers in understanding the ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 standard.

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A global e-commerce organisation recently expanded its distribution network in Germany with the introduction of a new logistics centre. The company is responding to growing customer demand, offering an even greater product selection and supporting a growing number of independent merchants. The worldwide organisation chose Hughes to provide emergency safety showers for six of their logistic centres.

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Major water utilities companies specify emergency tank showers from Hughes for their site and it’s not difficult to see why.

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The acquisition of Sall, designer and manufacturer of environmental protection, material handling, and workplace safety solutions expands Justrite Safety Group portfolio.

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As would be expected within the petrochemical industry, health and safety is of great importance due to the high risk associated with the hazardous materials workers are exposed to. SOCAR Polymers were looking for an emergency safety shower solution which would ensure the water in the standpipe would be unaffected by potential solar radiation or freezing temperatures due to the extremes in the Azerbaijan climate.

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Emergency safety showers and eye/face wash units provide the first line of defence in the event of a chemical splash or spillage. Any delay in the removal of these spillages can result in serious injury with possible long-term consequences, permanent disability and even death. There are fundamental points to consider when making the important decision of selecting emergency safety equipment irrespective of the industry or the location and climate.

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