Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2009 19:02:50 -0500
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From: ILPI <info**At_Symbol_Here**ILPI.COM>
Subject: Re: Eye Wash Deluge Showers
Comments: cc: BriWazlaw**At_Symbol_Here**AOL.COM
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Barrier-free emergency equipment must comply with the provisions of  
ANSI 117.1-1992 (=93Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities=94)  

which specify dimensions for minimum knee clearance, maximum height  
and reach, and minimum distance from obstructions.  =46rom 
   page 10, the barrier-free (wheelchair access) clear floor space  
"footprint" is 30" wide x 48" d.

Note that Z358.1 requires that the path to the safety station be free  

of obstructions as well.  Therefore, the unobstructed area may need to  

be larger depending on the physical setup/arrangement.  It is a good  
idea to mark the minimum "do not obstruct" zone with floor tape and/or  

floor markers such as these:

The sane applies around first aid and fire safety equipment as well;  
see also  DISCLOSURE: Not only  

is my company a Guardian Equipment (link #1) distributor, the other  
links I provided go to my company's e-commerce site.

As a former university chemistry professor, I know firsthand that  
safety equipment in academic settings is often blocked by bicycles,  
lab coats, cylinder dollies etc.  While it was always part of my lab's  

safety checklist to make sure these areas were kept clear, I wish I  
had known about these kinds of marking tapes at the time, as it would  

have made the rules plainly clear at all times!

Best regards,

Rob Toreki

On Jan 3, 2009, at 5:57 PM, BriWazlaw**At_Symbol_Here**AOL.COM wrote:

> Hi folks,
>   A question.  I have reviewed ANSI Z358.1 Eyewash and  Deluge  
> Showers.  I
> do not know if there is an answer to this  question.  What is the  
> safe zone
> around a plumbed eyewash/deluge shower?  How many unobstructed  feet  

> on the left
> and right?
> Thanks for your help,
> Brian
> Brian Wazlaw,  Ed.D.
> Laboratory Safety Officer
> Exeter Region Cooperative School  District
> Exeter, NH 03833

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