printech, February, 2004
Revised ANSI Eyewash and Shower Equipment Standard Published

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From: Gary Jones ( )
Date:: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 13:36:41

FYI - From Occupational Safety and Health eNews at

Revised ANSI eyewash and shower equipment standard published

The International Safety Equipment Association announced it has received ANSI approval for a revised edition of the American National Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment, ANSI Z358.1-2004.

The publication includes minimum performance, testing, installation, maintenance and training specifications for this equipment. It covers plumbed and self-contained emergency showers and eyewash equipment, eye/face wash equipment, combination units, personal wash units and hand-held drench hoses.

This revision of the 1998 standard was prepared by members of ISEA's Emergency Eyewash and Shower Group. Significant changes reflected in the new version include emphasizing that drench hoses and personal wash units are supplemental equipment and an explanation for the reason for weekly operation verification for plumbed equipment. The document also features an expanded appendix on recommended tepid temperatures for flushing fluid and removes certain criteria from installation requirements.

"Manufacturers recognize the importance and impact that this industry standard has on the user community," said Janice Comer Bradley, ISEA technical director. "Updates to the standard are a direct result of stakeholder input and demonstrate the dynamic nature of the standards development process." Copies of ANSI Z358.1-2004 are available from ISEA headquarters; order online at, e-mail or call (703) 525-1695. Single copies are priced at $53, and discounted rates for bulk orders are available.

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