Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010 16:02:44 EST
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From: Linda Stroud <LMSTROUD**At_Symbol_Here**AOL.COM>
Subject: Re: Safety showers and eyewashes

Check this document out!!

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Read: EzFacts Document 129 Emergency Eyewashes & Showers=E2=80=94P roper Testing and Maintenance

"The ANSI standard Z358.1 5.5.2 states that "p lumbed eyewashes, eye/face washes and showers "=E2=80=A6.should be activa ted weekly for a period long enough to verify operation and ensure that the flushing fluid is available=".
I was also taught that eyewashes/showers should be flu shed minimally for 3 min once per week by an OSHA instructor in 2004.
Linda Stroud
In a message dated 1/11/2010 3:40:09 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, cekohler**At_Symbol_Here**INDIANA.EDU writes:
Our EHS Chemical Safety Group recently started testing all the equipment and all departments annually. We discovered that some of the units that were bei ng simply "flushed" by the lab occupants (documented or not) were not funct ioning properly when they were "tested" in accordance with the ANSI standard. Now we have documentation not only of the complete testing but of the failures and repairs. We still advise weekly and even daily flushes (for eyewashes) by the lab occupants.

My 2 cents worth.


> From: Jack Novodoff 1 <novodoff**At_Symbol_Here**UMICH.EDU>
> Reply-To: DCHAS-L Discussi on List <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**>
> Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2010 14:14:4 6 -0500
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> Subject: [DCHAS-L ] Safety showers and eyewashes
> I am doing some safety inspections for a start up private laboratory.
> There is no documentation 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 ref used to share this information when a safety inspection
> is performed.   Is there any documentation that requires emergency
> eyewash/showe r stations to have tags indicating their last inspection?
>   Any information would be helpful.  I suspect that the inspections> occur on a random basis, if at all.  Thanks
> Jack Novodoff, PhD

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