Founded in 1918 by five engineering societies and three government agencies, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has served in its capacity as administrator and coordinator of the United States private sector voluntary standardization system for more than 90 years. Throughout its history, ANSI has maintained as its primary goal the enhancement of global competitiveness of U.S. business and the American quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems and promoting their integrity.
A common reference point when selecting emergency equipment is ANSI/ISEA Z358.1, “Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment.” This standard is a widely accepted guideline for the proper selection, installation, operation and maintenance of emergency equipment. ANSI Z358.1 was originally adopted in 1981. It was revised in 1990, 1998, 2004, 2009 and again in 2014.
American National Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment
This standard establishes minimum performance and use requirements for eyewash and shower equipment for the emergency treatment of the eyes or
body of a person who has been exposed to hazardous materials. It covers the following types of equipment: emergency showers, eyewashes, eye/face
washes, and combination units. You may obtain copies of ANSI standards by contacting ANSI at American National Standards Institute, Inc. https://www.ansi.org/.
This table summarizes where Safety Shower Guard® can serve as the tool for standard compliance check:
|ANSI Z358.1-2014||Standard Provisions||Safety Shower Guard® Functions|
|Section 4.6.2||Activate plumbed shower at least weekly.||Perform the daily, weekly activation check.|
|Water supply is sufficient to provide at least 20 gallons per min (GPM) for 15 minutes.||Measure the water flow rate.|
|Section 4.1.4||At 60’’ above the floor, the water pattern is at least 20’’ in diameter.||Measure the water pattern at 60’’ above the floor position.|
|Section 4.5.6||Water delivered by shower shall be tepid (60-100 Fahrenheit).||Measure the water temperature.|
|Section 4.6.5||Inspect all emergency showers annually for compliance with standard.||Perform the above listed specification check during compliance inspection.|