Monona et al,
Those of us who were on the ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2009 American National Standar d for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment revision committee pretty much debated this to death. I personally did some literature research a nd found numbers all over the place (there's actually even a definition in some of the cooking/baking literature, which is interesting but irrelevan t).
You will find the definition of "tepid" under 3. Defi nitions, as "Tepid: A flushing fluid temperature conducive to pro moting a minimum 15 minute irrigation period. A suitable range is 1 6-38 degrees C (60-100 degrees F)." This applies to both eyewashes and showers.
While not part of the Standard, Appendix B6 gives more information on Del ivered Flushing Fluid Temperature.
It is still in progress, but there will be a Use and Selection Gui de coming out in future as a companion document for more information.
I encourage all those who need to use the information to obtain a copy of t he Z358.1-2009 Standard. They can be obtained from:
1901 North Moore street
Arlington, VA 22209-1762
FAX: (307) 528-2148
Best contact person there is Cristine Fargo.
[Note: I receive no remuneration from ISEA.]
Alan H. Hall, M.D.
Member, ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2009 Standard Revision Committee
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 15:03:52 -0400
Subject: [DCHAS-L] definition of 'tepid' in Z358
All:&n bsp; I vaguely remember a discussion somewhere about what temperature the water should be mixed to in eye wash stations. Could anyone tell m e that this is?
Monona Rossol, M.S., M.F.A.,
Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc.
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