The Bradley eyewash station (S19224PDC) is designed to be wall-mounted. It is equipped with a yellow plastic bowl and a hinged dust cover made of clear plastic. The piping is made of galvanized steel and is coated with a yellow protective coating known as Bradtect. The eyewash station is approved according to the American standard ANSI Z358.1-2009.
This eyewash station is wall-mounted. It is activated in a single movement by tilting the lid. Once activated, the eyewash remains in operation until it is manually closed by returning the cover to its original position.
This eyewash station allows a flow rate greater than 0.4 GPM (1.5 L/min) at 30 PSI. This without automatic water temperature control.
The package includes:
1 universal sign to indicate the location of the shower;
1 inspection label;
1 instruction booklet, available only in English, French and Spanish.
Reasons to choose this model.
This model is specially designed for eye rinsing. This type of equipment is often found in areas where household products are handled. It is not recommended to choose this model in the presence of strong acids or alkalis (bases). Before choosing an eyewash station, it is important to carefully analyze the risks incurred by workers. Models that allow simultaneously rinsing of the eyes and face are also available. The same applies to more elaborate models called combined models that allow rinsing the eyes, face and body simultaneously or alternately.
Without being exhaustive, there is a wide range of places that may need such a shower.
The industrial environment;
Storage areas for flammable liquids, inks or other chemicals.
In short, any place where employees may be exposed to dangerous, toxic or irritating materials.
The basic rules.
Water supply lines should provide adequate flow. The diameter of the pipe to supply the recommended shower is ½ in. The addition of a regulation thermostatic valve is required. The water must remain at a warm temperature for the duration of the rinse. The minimum duration varies according to the aggressor product. Therefore, it is important to make sure that there will be no lack of hot water during periods of frost. In Canada, January and February are often the coldest months of the year. If the water is too cold, it is impossible to stay in the shower and if the temperature is too hot, you risk aggravating your injury.
If you have workers who work in isolated areas or who are alone. In such a case, the addition of an alarm system on the emergency shower is essential. This is the only way to alert the first responders and assist the victim quickly.
Recommendation for the location of the eyewash station.
The eyewash station should be accessible to workers in less than 10 seconds. In addition, the distance between the risk area and the eyewash station should not exceed 30 metres. It is recommended that showers be located 3 to 6 metres (10 to 20 feet) closer together in the case of highly corrosive liquids. Preferably install them near traffic lanes or near emergency exits. They will be easier to spot than if the shower is installed in a remote corner of your business where no one has ever ventured.
Ensure safe clearance around the perimeter of the eyewash station. When these showers are in operation, they can generate large amounts of water splashes. Therefore, make sure there are no electrical cords on the floor or electrical equipment nearby. In addition, the victim should not be electrocuted.
Choosing a shower location in a temperate zone remains an essential objective. The same applies to all water supply lines. Every effort should be made to avoid temperature variations or temperature losses caused by long distances. Remember to install the hot water tank as close as possible to the shower, as heat loss will be less in winter. Make sure that there is no risk of frost throughout the entire installation. Be aware that there are also body emergency showers for areas where there is a risk of freezing, obviously they are more expensive.
The suggested model of mixer tap is: the PD192000 for eye showers.
Don’t forget to add signage and make sure it is visible from everywhere. This type of signage is available from Sylprotec. Visit the CSA signage section of their website. I suggest the CSA ECU505 poster or the OSHA EOS404 model.
The maintenance of your emergency eyewash station.
It is recommended that you purge stagnant water from the eyewash station pipes once a week. This will avoid rinsing the victim’s eyes with water contaminated with microorganisms, limescale or rust. We recommend implementing a small inspection procedure during which a person in charge will have to activate the shower for 1 to 3 minutes, check the water temperature, the proper diffusion of the water jets, write the date of the inspection on an inspection card and finally check the clearance around the shower.
Other models of eyewash fountains are available on the market.
Bradley eyewash station without dust cover (PD19224EW).
Bradley eye and face wash station without dust cover (PD19224FW).
Bradley eyes and face wash with dust cover (PD19224PDCFW).
You can obtain eyewash stations and safety equipment at Sylprotec. You can buy online or at their store in Saint-Leonard. You will also find a wide selection of first aid items, fire protection equipment and more.
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