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  • Safety Shower Modesty Screens and Site Protection

    Posted on: 18, Sep

    For sites which are concerned about Safety Showers and Eyewashes for their employees, there are two additional concerns which Speakman Safety Showers has developed solutions for clients.

    The two additional concerns are:-
    1. Water running all over your factory or warehouse creating a minor flood at 76 litres per minute for at least 15 minutes, and
    2. Employees may require modesty screens to protect them from being viewed as they are saturated from head to toe in water. Especially if they wish to remove cantaminated clothing.

    Big Safety is proud to offer these Speakman Customised Safety Shower solutions for clients throughout Australia.

    The first component is a Stainless Steel Water Catchment platform with outlet. This provides a base which can capture all of the waste water and direct it through one outlet. Below is an image of this unit. Please note this walk on grate can also be configured to provide walk on grate activiation. This means the Safety Shower is turned on as soon as the patient walks onto the platform, avoiding the requirement for the patient to fumble for the pull down lever.

    Safety Shower Drainage Catchment Safety Shower Drainage Catchment and Walk On Grate

     

    The Speakman Safety Shower Modesty Screens serve two main functions.

    1. In combination with the Drainage catchment above, it helps capture the majority of water from the Safety Shower and direct it through one outlet. This significantly reduces the issues of cleaning up the water deluge created throughout your warehouse by the Safety Shower or eye/face wash.
    2. Secondly these screens provide modesty for the users who will have soaking wet clothes, or need to remove the contaminated clothes from their bodies. In the case of Sulfuric Acid the clothes may be falling off the patient by the time they get to the Safety Shower.

     

    Speakman Modesty Safety Shower Stall Speakman Modesty Safety Shower Stall

     

    Big Safety can provide a range of customised Safety Shower and eyewash solutions for your requirements. This includes walk on activations, modesty screens, emergency lighting, sirens, remote alerts and intrinsically safe units. If you would like to obtain a quote please contact us on 1300 73 22 74.

    Till next time. Keep Safe.

     

    Combination Safety Eye Wash Combination Emergency deluge Safety Shower and Safety Eye Face Wash

     

     

     

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  • Benefits of the Speakman Safety Shower Impeller Action

    Posted on: 23, May

    "Not all Safety Showers are born equal" Anonymous

    When considering the right Emergency Safety Shower or Eyewash for your workplace it is critical that you get a unit that is going to work first time, everytime.

    The Speakman range of Safety Showers and Emergency Eye Face Wash units have a few critical features that ensures better performance than its competitors:-

    • The non clogging, self cleaning head ensures that the full shower head will work each and every time maximising the spray area for quicker decontamination when seconds count.
    • The swirling impeller action of these heads, distributes floods of water without voids in the shower pattern to ensure complete body coverage.

    Below is a quick 8 second video showing how the Impeller Action works and its benefits.

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  • Does the SE590A - 45L or SE590A - 106 L Portable Emergency Eyewash comply with Australian Standard 4775

    Posted on: 23, Mar
    SE590A - 106 L Portable Eye and Body wash SE590A - 106 L Portable Eye and Body wash

    In accordance with AS 4775 Safety Deluge Showers and Emergency Eyewashes are required to have the following flow rates:-

    Eye washes :-     1.5 L per minute for 15 minutes

    Safety Showers:-              76 L per minute for 15 minutes

    Therefore the SE590A with a 45 or 106 L cylinder do meet the standards for eyewash, however not for a safety shower.

    Therefore the Safety shower (on the 106 L cylinder) and the Drench Hose (on the 45L cylinder) can be described as Supplementary body washes intended as a support system, not in place of Primary Emergency Response Systems.

    Below are some relevant parts of AS4775 to assist you in your decision:-

    AS 4775 Emergency Eye wash & Shower Equipment

    Section: 7 Plumbed and Self -Contained Eyewash Equipment

    7.2 Performance of plumbed and self-contained eyewash units

    When activated plumbed and self-contained eye wash equipment shall deliver flushing fluid to the eyes at a flow rate not less than 1.5 litres per minute for a minimum of 15 minutes. Where the fluids supply to plumbed equipment is time-limited, this shall be clearly indicated and quantified by prominent signage adjacent to the equipment.

    Where eye wash equipment has a time-limited supply of flushing fluid, a risk assessment shall be conducted to identify whether a longer flow period is required. Such a risk assessment may address the nature and quantity of hazardous materials at the location, likely exposure scenarios, distance to emergency response and emergency facilities and so on.

    Appendix 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.

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  • Does my Safety Shower or Emergency Eyewash need a dedicated supply line?

    Posted on: 02, Nov

     

    Speakman Emergency Eye Face Wash Speakman Emergency Eye Face Wash

    We receive a few enquiries asking whether a Emergency Safety Shower or Eye wash needs its own dedicated water supply line.

    The answer is no, as long as it meets the minimum standards below, however it is also worthwhile to consider the following points when planning the pipeline to your Safety Shower or Eye Wash.

    The minimum requirement for a combination emergency eye wash and safety shower is   25 mm, 1 inch pipe.

    A larger diameter may depend on the following:

    • Distance from the mains water;
    • Is the pipe straight,  water volume, pressure will be effected by pipe bends
    • Is the water supply used for other processes
    • If it is a long distance you may consider using a 32 mm pipe.

    We suggest you check the water flow in existing line,  looking for 120 Lt/minute.

    There is no requirement for a dedicated water supply to the safety shower.

    Let us know if you require any additional information for our Speakman Safety Shower and Emergency Eye wash range.

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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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  • 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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  • Speakman SE4000 Gravityflo Portable Eyewash Unit

    Posted on: 25, Aug

    The Speakman GravityFlo SE4000 Portable Safety Eye wash is designed to provide the ultimate solution to locations in need of an eyewash that have no access to a potable water source. The GravityFlo portable eyewash station features a 79 litre tank, providing continuous flow for the ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 required 15 minutes.

    The SE4000 portable safety eyewash has the capability to be cart or wall-mounted, and can be placed practically anywhere within a worksite. It is easy to relocate and setup on each new site.

    Activated by pull down spray arms the SE-4000 instantly delivers relieving streams, allowing hands free operation. The SE-4000 also features a side port for connection of an optional drench hose.

    Anti-microbial solution can also be added to the water, which means the water will last 4 months before it will need changing.

    Please enjoy the video below that shows how easy the SE4000 Portable Safety eye wash is to use, its features and uses.

    Please click here to view BIG Safety's range of Speakman Emergency Portable safety eye washes.

    Please note that this video is from Speakman USA. The accessories shown in the video DO NOT come as standard items when the unit is purchased, however they can be purchased seperately. The product codes and pricing are below.

    SE4200 - Fluid Level Gauge Cap for Gravityflo $ 264.00.

    The tamper evident ties are only available from Speakman USA.

    The SETAG Test Tag is a similar tag which other customers have used for the SE4000.

    SE TAG - Weekly Test Tag, Waterproof, 52 Week (10 pack) $ 49.50 per pack.

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  • What to do when you have no plumbed water - Speakman Portable Drench Hose and Eyewash

    Posted on: 02, Aug

    There is always going to be new sites were workers will require an Eyewash or Drench Hose setup, however the won't be any plumbed water supply. A good option until the water comes (which may never occur) if your worksite is continually moving is to get a portable Speakman Emergency Eye wash and Drench hose. This unit can come in a 45 or 106 L cylinder tank.

     

    Ensure you complete your risk assessment to confirm these will be suitable for your particular site.

    If you do require these units then you will also probably need some Anti Microbial Eyewash water preserver. The water preserver comes in a 4 pack. Each 225 ml bottle makes 80 L of water last 4 months without changing.

    Below is a link to the Data sheet on the Speakman Portable Eyewash and Drench Hose SE590A-45 L.

    Portable Safety Eye wash SE 590A - 45 IOM Data Sheet

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  • Speakman Portable Eyewash units for your mobile worksite

    Posted on: 03, Jun

     

    A lot of worksites operate out of the back of a ute, yet still need the necessary safety precautions to keep their workers safe.

    For this reason, Speakman Safety showers have a range of Emergency Safety Showers and Eyewash units that can be used when you don’t have the benefit of a plumbed water source.

    Above is a video of the Speakman Gravity Flo Portable eyewash unit. (American unit displayed), however I thought it worthwhile to show the features and how the mechanics work, which are the same as the SE4000 Speakman Gravity Flo Portable eyewash unit supplied in Australia.

    Click here to view our full range of Portable Speakman Emergency Safety Showers and Eyewashes. BIG Safety is also able to customise Safety Showers to meet your needs. (Example below)

     

    Fully Self Contained Emergency Safety Shower Self Contained Tank Emergency Safety Shower.

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