I can sympathise with you. In the early 1990's I was part of a team to relocate & redesign my company's central laboratory. It was realized that floor drains would be needed to be included with the safety showers. Once the project was completed, we tested the showers only to discover that each drain was at a high point in the floor surrounding the shower. The flooring surrounding the showers is of a slip-resistant design. Hopefully, they will never need to be used but at least it is easier to deal with the water than with no drain at all. Also, according to ANSI Z358.1-1998, American National Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment, eyewashes and safety showers need to be tested weekly. Hopefully your eyewash stations are not based on 'personal eyewash station' where, if forced to use them, you must choose which eye you wish to save. P. Lazarski National Grid USA -----Original Message----- From: Donald A. Wiebe [mailto:da.wiebe**At_Symbol_Here**HOSP.WISC.EDU] Sent: Friday, August 08, 2003 11:57 AM To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU Subject: [DCHAS-L] Safety Shower Requirement I'm looking for input on safety regulations with regards to laboratory showers. We have several showers located in the hallways around our clinical laboratories at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. A State of Wisconsin survey team have sited us for having these showers and not providing drains below the showers. Their recommendation is to put in drains or remove the showers. The UW hospital safety officer in formed me they plan to remove the showers - unless I can find a regulation that would argue in favor of these safety devices. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Seems like we make strides in the right direction and then can quickly retreat! Thanks for any input! Donald A. Wiebe, PhD Madison, WI This e-mail and any files transmitted with it, are confidential to National Grid and are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this e-mail in error, please contact the National Grid USA Enterprise Support Center on 508-389-3375 or 315-428-6360.
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