Select Safety Sales Adds Thermostatic Mixing Valves to Their Emergency Eyewash Product Line in Response to the Revised ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2009 Standard
Select Safety Sales LLC adds thermostatic mixing valves to their safety product line in response to the revised ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2009 standard for emergency eyewash and shower equipment that was recently published by the International Safety Equipment Association. Compliance with this standard is necessary for industrial workplace safety when workers are exposed to corrosive chemicals. OSHA specifies where and when emergency eyewash and shower equipment is needed and ANSI develops the standards for the performance and use of this safety equipment.
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Select Safety Sales responds to the revised ISEA/ANSI Z358.1-2009 standard for Emergency Eyewash, Face/Wash and Showers by complimenting their product line with tempered water systems which includes a thermostatic mixing valve (http://www. selectsafetysales. com/c-206-thermostatic-mixing-valve. aspx). The ANSI Z358.1-2009 standard has updated the previous ANSI 2004 standard which stated that the flushing fluid used to flush the eyes or face of a person that has come in contact with a corrosive chemical must be tepid. The new standard goes a step further by defining the water temperature required in emergency eyewash, face/wash and shower equipment to be between 60 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. "The tempered water systems that we distribute utilize a thermostatic mixing valve that blends the hot and cold water together so that the eyewash units stay within the guidelines established by ANSI.", states Matthew Kane, one of the Managing Members of Select Safety Sales.
If the water temperature is outside of this range, then the unit will not be in compliance with the new standard. Purchasers of emergency eyewash station and emergency shower (http://www. selectsafetysales. com/c-181-emergency-shower. aspx) equipment not only have to assess where these units must be placed in a facility for the safety of their employees, but must also do a complete analysis of the climatic environment in which they will operate in an emergency situation. When the water temperature is outside of the established range, an injured worker might be unable to keep their eyes or bodies properly flushed with the fluid for the time period of fifteen minutes which is the time required by ANSI to flush the chemical or contaminant from the body.
Emergency eyewash stations, eye/face wash stations and showers are used in many different medical, industrial and governmental areas. These units are used universally to protect workers and military personnel who have been exposed to corrosive chemical contaminants or severe dust. The use of this emergency equipment is instrumental in protecting the eyesight and bodies of workers who are exposed to these elements during the course of their work. "Our tempered systems will ensure that the flushing fluid flowing from plumbed eyewash stations and emergency showers will be in compliance with ANSI standards by keeping the water temperature within the 60 to 100 degree Fahrenheit range." Kane remarks.
Other important changes that have been made in this ANSI update for emergency eyewash and combination showers are that the flow of water must be simultaneous in a combination eyewash and emergency shower. If a unit loses water pressure to the eyes and face when a combination shower is activated, it will not be considered to be in compliance with the new standard. Also, the flow of fluid in an eyewash station must rise up no more than eight inches from the top of the eyewash heads in order meet the new testing requirements.
OSHA regulations specify where and when eyewash station (http://www. selectsafetysales. com/c-105-eyewash-stations. aspx) and shower equipment are needed and The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) develops standards that specify the minimum performance and use requirements of this equipment. ANSI/ISEA Z 358.1-2009 was published by the International Safety Equipment Association using procedures prescribed by ANSI. The International Safety Equipment Association is a trade association in the United States for companies that manufacture safety and personal protective equipment. This standard is important to any employer that has employees that are exposed to hazardous compounds that can cause adverse effects on their health and safety. Personnel in the industrial workplace should be aware of emergency eyewash (http://www. selectsafetysales. com/t-emergency-eyewash-requirements. aspx) station requirements because non-compliance coupled with injured workers can have a profound effect on a business.
About Select Safety Sales
Select Safety Sales is a small woman owned business that is a global distributor of industrial safety products. The company distributes their eyewash stations, emergency showers, portable handwash stations, (http://www. selectsafetysales. com/c-182-portable-hand-wash. aspx) PPE and first aid equipment and supplies to both the commercial and governmental sectors.
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