From: Aaron's Phone <cycling1**At_Symbol_Here**VERIZON.NET>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Shower/Eyewash Station Audible and Visible Alarms
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:00:33 -0400
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We tested all of our safety showers with a trash can on wheels.  Used a 50 gallon can with a valve in the side that our mechanics installed so we could dump the water after each test.  Had a line on the inside to mark the 30 gallon point.  With a stop watch the techs could test the safety showers.  We had a monthly sign off sheet on each shower wired to each shower. 

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On Oct 24, 2016, at 8:51 PM, Jim Kaufman <jim**At_Symbol_Here**LABSAFETYINSTITUTE.ORG> wrote:

Whenever you have an eyewash or safety shower installed, ask the contractor to identify the nearest secondary shutoff valve.  - Jim


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From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Chance, Brandon
Sent: Monday, October 24, 2016 4:40 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Shower/Eyewash Station Audible and Visible Alarms




During a recent lab renovation, the contractor presented to us wall mounted shower/eyewash stations that have both an audible alarm and visible strobe when activated.  The unit also has the ability to communicate back tot he BMS system upon activation.  While this all sounds fine and dandy, it has raised a few questions on my end.


1.  Is this a new standard being used for installations?  I definitely see some practical purposes for this in order to alert others that an emergency has occurred, but I have not come across this before. 

2.  This raises some design dilemmas on our end.  

A.  We are installing these as flush mounted systems, so the units strobe and audible alarms would be above the drop ceiling (or we would have to relocate the alarm indicators). 

B.  For obvious reasons, the contractor was originally spec-ing out installation on walls without electrical just for cost and ease of plumbing.  If alarms are necessary, power must be ran to the units, thus increasing scope and cost. 


In general, I was just curious as to what kind of new installs other universities were currently putting in place.  





Brandon S. Chance, M.S., CCHO

Associate Director of Environmental Health and Safety

Office of Risk Management

Southern Methodist University 

PO Box 750231 | Dallas, TX  75275-0231

T) 214.768.2430 | M) 469-978-8664

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