There are all sorts ofreasons why people don’t activate the emergency shower when it is called for e.g. never saw it work, scared to make a mess, not trained, unsureabout water purity and temperature and last but not least, modesty. It has been my experience that in most caseswhere lab personnel should have used a shower they chose not to. So anything you can do to alleviate their reluctance, like installing modesty curtains, will improve the likelihood that someone will actually use the shower when they need it.
WayneWood | Associate Director, University Safety (EHS) – Directeur Adjoint, Direction de la pr=E9vention (SSE), Services universitaires | McGill University | 3610 McTavish Street, 4th floor | Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 1Y2 | Tel: (514) 398-2391 | Fax: (514) 398-8047
Does anyone on the list have experience or information about using curtains on safety showers?
Recently we had an employee exposure incident that, thankfully, did not turn out to be major, but did not go according to plan. Employees have requested to have curtains on the showers so they will feel more comfortable using the shower in an emergency – which I know should not be the point. Someone found a vendor selling a curtain. I want to address the employee concerns, but I do not want to create unreasonable expectations or more hazards.
Any advice appreciated, because right now I really want to scold someone who should know better.
Michele L. Wallace , NRCC-CHO
Associate Director, Product Integrity
"The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he
does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered,and his States and all their clans are preserved."
- Confucius Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC - 479 BC)
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