From: Penny Manisco <pmanisco**At_Symbol_Here**G.HMC.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Emergency Shower and Eyewash Temperatures
Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2018 16:14:45 -0700
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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Hi All,

This is so weird because this exact thing happened in one of our newly renovated labs. A few weeks ago I was instructing students on flushing eyewash and safety shower and noticed the shower was scalding hot. The eyewash/shower had been installed last summer and has been fine all year. I checked a second system in that lab only to find that the shower was not functioning at all. It turned out that someone (contractors remodeling a restroom perhaps?) had erroneously turned off the cold water valve that feeds the emergency equipment. That caused scalding water at one end of the room, and no pressure at the other. The eyewash and shower are fed with water from a mixing valve.

This is why we check!


Penny Manisco
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Harvey Mudd College

On Thu, Jul 5, 2018 at 2:14 PM, Tyrell Towle <Tyrell**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

Hello everyone,

This may seem like a basic question, but I am getting some pushback from our plumbing contractors on this.

We have a brand new facility and I went through to test all of the eyewash and emergency shower stations. At first everything seemed to be working fine, but then I noticed that the emergency eyewash water was getting warmer. I was horrified when the eyewash water became hot. I have never encountered hot eyewash water before. I had the contractors re-plumb the eyewash stations into cold tap water only. Now they are pushing back, wanting to hook the eyewash stations back into the hot water.

I also noticed that our emergency shower is releasing hot water.

Are there any regulations surrounding eyewash and emergency shower temperatures? My understanding has always been to have cold, potable tap water running into emergency showers and eyewashes so that chemical reactions are not accelerated upon exposure to heat. Regardless, with the temperatures that our eyewash stations were reaching, there was no way that anyone could keep their eyeballs open for 10 minutes in this water. Any information is appreciated, especially information that will put this debate to rest.

Thank you!

Tyrell R. Towle, Ph.D.
Senior Chemist
MedPharm Holdings, LLC

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Penny Manisco,
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Harvey Mudd College

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