Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2010 16:31:47 -0700
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From: Alan Hall <ahalltoxic**At_Symbol_Here**MSN.COM>
Subject: Re: Safety showers and eyewashes
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The appropriate Standard is the ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2009 American Natio nal Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment, wh ich for plumbed emergency showers and eyewashes specifies weekly testing an d Appendix B7 describes the intent  and goal of such testing.  ; This Standard does not specify that emergency shower/eyewash&nbs p;stations have tags indicating the dates of testing.  In the ISEA Revision Committee, my recollection is that the consensus was that recordkeeping of testing was outside the scope of this Standard, which is a performance standard for the equipment.  There are some other provisions for non-plumbed emergency showers and eyewashes.
Copies of the Standard can be obtained from:
International Safety Equipment Association
ATTN:  Cristine Z. Fargo
1901 North Moore Street
Arlington, VA 22209-1763
(307) 525-1695
Note that while I was a voting member of the Revision Committee, I receiv e no compensation from ISEA.  The revision committee did recommend t hat ISEA contact OSHA with a request to include by reference this Standard into OSHA regulations.  I do not know what the status of this is, but usually OSHA's mill grinds very slowly.
Alan H. Hall, M.D.
Laramie, WY
Colorado School of Public Healh
Denver, CO
> Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2010 14:14:46 -0500
> From: novodoff**At_Symbol_Here**UM ICH.EDU
> Subject: [DCHAS-L] Safety showers and eyewashes
> To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
> I am doing some safety inspe ctions for a start up private laboratory.
> There is no documentat ion on the individual safety eywash/showers
> indicating when they were last inspected. The building facilitty
> manager insists he has the documantation on his computer but has
> steadfastly refuse d to share this information when a safety inspection
> is performe d. Is there any documentation that requires emergency
> eyewash/sh ower stations to have tags indicating their last inspection?
> Any information would be helpful. I suspect that the inspections
> oc cur on a random basis, if at all. Thanks
> Jack Novodo ff, PhD

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