Emergency Workstation Compliance Standards

Any laboratory environment can be dangerous for laboratory personnel because of the work that is conducted. With the right measures in place, their safety can be accounted for. One of the key equipment in the emergency workstations is shower and eyewash areas. 

In this infographic, we’ll take you through the requirements that each of these must have, and what kind of compliance standards they must follow. At Kewaunee International, we ensure our products comply with these standards and are of the best quality. You can find our range of emergency products here.

Emergency Equipment Key pointers
Emergency Shower
  • A shower that dispenses clean distilled water 
  • The shower head must be detachable and at least 1 meter
  • Used to extinguish a fire on clothing or any equipment
  • It’s also used to flush any contaminants or hazardous materials from clothing
  • Flow rate must be 75.5l of water of 15 minutes at 30 psi
Emergency Eyewash
  • A small shower/ tap at a station where laboratory personnel can wash their eyes
  • Must be used where laboratory personnel must wash corrosive or hazardous materials from their eyes
  • It requires potable water as its water source
  • Flow rate must be 11.4l of water for 15 minutes 
Compliance Standards
  • ANSI Z358.1 – Published by International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA)
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.151 – Published by Occupation Safety and Health Administration
  • They offer the minimum requirements that these workstations must offer

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