Safety is always a high priority – especially in environments where chemical spills are a potential threat. Emergency face and eyewash stations and/or safety showers are essential equipment for protecting personnel and maintaining OSHA and ANSI compliance at any industrial facility where personnel can be exposed to contamination such as oil refineries, nuclear power plants, chemical/petrochemical facilities, fertilizer plants, etc.
The OSHA requirements for emergency eyewashes and showers are vague which is why the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has established a standard covering emergency eyewash and shower equipment – ANSI Z358.1. This standard is a widely accepted guideline for the proper selection, installation, operation and maintenance of emergency equipment.
According to this safety regulation, emergency drench showers and face/eyewash units must be placed within a ten-second travel time of any hazardous area to deliver tepid water to the user. Tepid water is defined as 60-100ºF (15.6-37.8ºC) and must be available for a minimum of 15 minutes at a continuous flow of 20 GPM at 30 PSI. Tepid water systems for safety showers and eyewash stations are required in hazardous working environments such as industrial plants where facility workers are exposed to injurious corrosive materials.
ThermOmegaTech® provides several emergency shower and eyewash station solutions to immediately control the output water temperature to meet tepid safety shower requirements: Therm-O-Mix® Station, Therm-O-Mix® Station/Water-Water Mix, ESS Water Heater, freeze protection valves, and scald protection valves.
The Therm-O-Mix® Station is an instantaneous steam-fired water heater that uses only a facility’s existing steam and water supplies to produce tepid water. The unit is completely mechanical and requires no source of electricity to function, making it particularly ideal for explosion-proof industrial environments.
In facilities where steam is not readily available, the Therm-O-Mix® Station/Water-Water Mix (WWM) will provide tepid water to emergency safety showers and face/eyewash stations utilizing a facility’s existing hot and cold-water supply.
Freeze and Scald protection valves should be installed on all safety showers, facewash, and eyewash stations that could be at risk of excessive climates freezing or overheating the water lines. These valves reassure the waters lines do not freeze and personnel are protected from being scalded. ThermOmegaTech®’s HAT/FP and IC/FP valves are the solution for freeze protected eyewash stations and safety showers pipelines, while the HAT/SP and IC/SP valves are to protect against scalding water temperatures in emergency shower stations.
Delivering tepid water is a crucial but often overlooked component of providing compliant eyewash and drench shower flushing stations. ThermOmegaTech’s range of thermostatic temperature control products automatically ensure tepid water is available and eliminates the risks of electronic failures and human errors.