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  • Do I need to use a Green Light at my Safety Shower or Emergency Eye wash?

    Posted on: 21, Sep
    Speakman Safety Shower & Eye wash Green Fluorescent Light Speakman Safety Shower & Eye wash Green Fluorescent Light

    This is a common question we are asked regarding safety lighting for Emergency Safety Showers and Eye wash units.

    Please see below the Australian Standards AS4775 requirement for lighting

    The three sections require the equipment be identified by signage and the area is well illuminated:

    The use of a green light is not stipulated in this Australian Standard, although it is used to identify the equipment location, This is more based around risk assessment, the colour green is associated with a medical facility. The green light readily identifies to users where the safety shower or eye wash is located for ease of finding in an emergency.

    A green light doesn’t illuminate the area. The area still needs to be well illuminated.

    AS4775-2007 Emergency eye wash and shower equipment

    6.6 Location       (Safety Shower)

    Emergency safety showers shall be positioned in accessible locations that require no more than 10 seconds to reach. The shower shall be located on the same level as the hazard and the path of travel shall be free of obstructions that may inhibit the immediate use of the equipment. Where the possibility of temperature extremes exists, equipment shall be protected from their effects both with respect to the equipment’s operation and the flushing fluid.

    Each emergency safety shower location shall be identified with a highly visible sign complying with AS1319 positioned so the sign is visible throughout the area served by the shower.

    The area around the emergency shower shall be well illuminated.

    7.4 Location       (Eye Wash)

    Emergency Eye washes shall be positioned in accessible locations that require no more than 10 seconds to reach. The eye wash unit shall be located on the same level as the hazard and the path of travel shall be free of obstructions that may inhibit the immediate use of the equipment. For a strong acid or strong caustic, the eyewash should be located immediately adjacent to the hazard.

    Each eyewash location shall be identified with a highly visible sign complying with AS1319 positioned so the sign is visible throughout the area served by the shower.

    The area around the eyewash shall be well illuminated.

    8.4 Location       (Eye Face Wash)

    Emergency Eye/face washes shall be positioned in accessible locations that require no more than 10 seconds to reach. The eye/face  wash unit shall be located on the same level as the hazard and the path of travel shall be free of obstructions that may inhibit the immediate use of the equipment. For a strong acid or strong caustic, the eye/face wash should be located immediately adjacent to the hazard.

    Each safety eye/face wash location shall be identified with a highly visible sign complying with AS1319 positioned so the sign is visible throughout the area served by the shower.

    The area around the eyewash shall be well illuminated.

    Til next time, Keep Safe

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  • One Day Sale 15% off all products on our bigsafety ebay store. Save up to $300

    Posted on: 21, Sep
    15% off items purchased from the bigsafety ebay store on 21/9/16 15% off all items purchased from the bigsafety ebay store. Ends 21/9/16

    One Day Sale. 15% off all BIG Safety products purchased through our bigsafety eBay store on 21/9/16. Offer closes midnight (AEDT).

    So if you were planning on buying soon. Now is a great day to save up to $300.

    Click here to go to our bigsafety store :- http://stores.ebay.com.au/bigsafety

    This discount is available on all BIG Safety products listed on our bigsafety ebay store when you spend over $75. This offer is not valid for customised Hard Hat, screenprinting or embroidery.

    This offer is available on our full range of Justrite Flammable Cabinets, Chemical Cabinets as well as the range of Speakman Safety Showers and Emergency Eye Wash units.

    Summary of the ebay conditions are:-

    1. The discount is 15% from the price of the items (Freight and Shipping not included)
    2. Minimum order value is $75.
    3. The maximum discount is $300
    4. To redeem this offer during the Offer Period, enter the redemption code CODE15 into the redemption code box during the checkout process.

    The full eBay terms and conditions can be found here:- http://pages2.ebay.com.au/Buyer_coupons/code15?_trkparms=clkid%3D8404760692909781371

    If you have any questions please let us know.

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  • Does the Speakman SE509 Portable Personal Wash meet AS4775?

    Posted on: 14, Sep
    Speakman Portable Safety Eye & Body Wash Speakman Portable Safety Eye & Body Wash

    There is some confusion in the marketplace regarding whether the Speakman SE509 Portable Personal Wash meets the Australian Standards AS4775. The answer is both Yes and No.

    The SE509 personal body wash doesn’t meet the requirements of the section: 7 (eye wash) of AS4775, the flow rate is approx. 1.5 litres per minute but it flows for only 2-3 minutes.

    An eyewash is required to flow for 15 minutes.

    The SE509 is referred to as a personal wash and is referenced in the following section of AS4775.

     

    AS4775 Emergency eyewash and shower equipment

    Section: 11

    11.1 General

    The supplemental equipment listed below shall provide immediate flushing to support plumbed and self-contained equipment but shall not replace them.

    11.2        Personal wash units

    11.2.1    Performance of personal wash units

    Personal wash units shall have the capacity to deliver immediate flushing fluid without being injurious to the user. See Paragraph F6.

    AS4775 Emergency eyewash and shower equipment

     F1           Personal Eyewash Units

    The first seconds following an eye injury are often critical to keeping eye injury to a minimum. A personal eye wash may be kept in the immediate vicinity of employees working in a potentially hazardous area. The main purpose of these units is to supply immediate flushing. With this accomplished, the injured individual should then proceed to a plumbed or self-contained eye wash and flush the eyes for the required 15 minutes.

    We hope this helps clarify some of the confusion in the marketplace.

    All the best and Keep Safe.

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  • Do I need a Scald Protection Valve on an Emergency Safety Shower or Eye wash?

    Posted on: 13, Sep

    This is a great question that should be asked by all clients looking to get a Safety shower or eyewash for their site.

    If you live in Australia, you have no doubt felt the heat and damage the Australian Sun can do. You can view Youtube clips on frying eggs in Melbourne  on a Summers day, using just the sun. This should make you aware of the potential danger of water that has been laying around in the sun all day.

    Scalding water is a real danger in a Safety shower or eyewash where the user needs an emergency stream of water within 1 second to flush the affected area. Scald Protection Valves mitigate this risk when the water temperature rises above safe limits, and a danger of scalding exists, the thermal actuator modulates the valve open. A small sample of the water from the pipe system then flows past the sensor. If the water is above the acceptable range, the valve will continue to modulate open until the over temperature water is eliminated.

    There are a number of points to consider to determine if you should get a Scald Protection Valve for your emergency safety shower or eyewash.

    1. The environment where the Safety shower or eyewash will be used. What are the temperatures on the hottest days of the year? You need to prepare for worst case.
    2. Where will the pipe work leading to the unit be? eg. Is the pipework laying on top of the ground, is the pipework underground, is it insulated. Keep in mind that even if the pipework is underground, the water in the shower unit can still heat up and require insulation or a scald protection valve.
    3. Is the shower (and pipework) protected from the sun? eg. in a continually shady location, under cover, inside.

    Please remember that this advice is general only and does not take your specific site requirements into consideration.

    To find out more about the Scald Protection Valves we can supply with our range of Speakman Safety showers and eye wash range please review the following document:-

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