Manufacturing facilities and other industrial work environments need to focus on safety above all else. When you're setting up a new factory floor, it's important that you're attentive to things like eyewash stations and emergency showers. If you've never had to deal with them before, you may not be sure what to expect. Here's a look at what you need to know about equipping your factory or industrial facility.
Where Should Eyewash Stations Go?
Before you can do anything about placement or installation, you need to decide where you're putting the safety stations. For example, you'll want to think about where injuries could happen so that you can place the emergency stations within a few feet of those spaces. For example, you'll want to have emergency stations placed near all of your production lines, your fluid dispensing areas, labs, and any spaces where there's dust or overspray risk.
It's always best to place them as close to the potential source of injury as you can. That way, injured individuals don't have to walk more than a few seconds to the station to get treatment. In addition, you'll want them to be well lit and clearly marked by signs. This is essential, because you need to know that people can find them when necessary.
What Kinds Of Eyewash Stations Are There?
There are two kinds of stations to consider when you're designing your emergency stations. Self-contained units have preserved water, so you can put them anywhere you'll need a washing station. There's no concern about having access to plumbing with these models. You can even add heating or cooling to the water tank to keep the water a comfortable temperature.
Plumbed stations, on the other hand, are direct-connected to the building's plumbing lines. Your industrial plumber, someone like Cool Air Mechanical, Inc., can connect the system and make sure that the water temperature is well balanced and the pressure is sufficient without being too much. You can also incorporate enclosures and climate control in those spaces if needed.
What's The Best Setting For Flow And Temperature?
In most cases, you'll want your eye wash station configured so that it provides about 20 minutes or so of continuous water flow. The water temperature should be moderate so that it isn't going to scald or chill the body. Aim for water that's tepid to the touch for the best results. Your plumber can add a tempering device if needed, which will make things easier for you by keeping the water at a consistent temperature at all times.
What Kind Of Maintenance Will The Stations Need?
Eyewash stations need to be inspected and cared for on a regular basis to be sure that they are functional. Keep the stations free of any dust or debris and test the pipes and plumbing for any signs of clogs, breaks, or other issues.
If you install plumbed stations, plan to flush the lines once a week to ensure that the station is working. In the case of self-contained systems, you'll want to just inspect it and make sure that the fluid levels are where they belong and the additives for purification are sufficient. In most cases, the mixture will remain viable for several months before you need to replace it. Talk with your industrial plumber about what you need to do to keep the mixture safe and in good condition.
No matter what kind of business you're in, if there are safety risks, you need to have the necessary equipment to protect your staff. Use the information here and the advice of your industrial plumber to set up a system that works well for your business.