Safety is always a high priority – especially in environments where chemical spills are a potential threat. Emergency facewash, eyewash, and safety shower stations are essential for protecting personnel and maintaining OSHA and ANSI compliance. These safety equipment are mandatory 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 dangerous corrosive materials.

ThermOmegaTech® provides several emergency shower and eyewash station tepid water solutions to immediately control the output water temperature to meet safety shower requirements.

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.

The heavy-duty ESS water heater is packaged with the Therm-O-Mix® Station/WWM to supply tepid water to your emergency drench system.

Freeze protection and Scald protection valves should also be installed on all safety showers, facewash, and eyewash stations that could be at risk of extreme climates freezing or overheating the water lines. These valves reassure the water will not freeze and personnel are protected from being scalded.

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 ensures tepid water is available and eliminates the risks of electronic failures and human errors.