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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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  • 6 Tips for choosing a Emergency Safety Shower or Eyewash that is right for me?

    Posted on: 17, May

    Welcome to the world of emergency equipment – a complex, yet incredibly necessary component of almost every worksite. Selecting the right Safety Shower or Eyewash is key, but can often become such a complicated process.

    Therefore here are a few tips and a cheat sheet to help you with this process of identifying the right equipment for the right location:-

    10 SECONDS TRAVEL TIME FROM A HAZARD

    ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 requires that companies provide emergency showers and/or eyewashes within 10 seconds’ travel time of a hazard. Look for signage indicating hazardous material use and make sure eyewashes and showers are within the prescribed distance.

    HAZARDOUS MATERIAL STORAGE

    The storage, transfer and use of flammable liquids require safety showers and/or eye washes as secondary protection. Look for containers used to handle or store these materials and make sure ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 compliant emergency equipment is within 10 seconds’ travel distance.

    BATTERY CHARGING & MAINTENANCE

    OSHA Directive Number STD 1-8.2. “This directive provides guidelines regarding eyewash and body flushing facilities required for immediate emergency use in electric storage battery charging and maintenance areas.” Make sure emergency equipment is properly located near these hazards.

    HANDS-FREE OPERATION

    ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 requires that safety shower valves be of simple operation, turn from off to on in one second or less, and provide hands-free operation once activated. Self-closing shower valves do not meet this standard and should be replaced.

    HAND-HELD BOTTLES

    Personal eyewash equipment, such as squeeze bottles, do not meet the requirements of plumbed or self-contained eyewash equipment. Make sure units meeting ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 are within 10 seconds travel time from hazard.

    REPLACE INSUFFICIENT EQUIPMENT

    Hand held drench hoses do not meet the criteria of a plumbed or self-contained eyewash. If these are the only means of protection, they should be replaced or supplemented with equipment meeting the requirements of ANSI/ISEA Z358.1.

    Click the following link to download a SURVEY FOR COMPLIANCE TO ANSI/ISEA Z358.1. Whilst this is to the American standard, this standard was the basis for the development of the Australian Standard AS 4775. Our Speakman Emergency Safety Showers and Eye washes comply to both ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 and AS 4775. Speakman Safety Shower Survey for Compliance to ANSI-ISEA Z358.1 .

    This information is taken from the Speakman Company Emergency Safety Shower and Eye wash catalogue 2016.

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  • Can the Speakman Emergency Safety Showers and Safety Eye wash units be used outdoors?

    Posted on: 20, Aug

    We are often asked if our range of Speakman Safety Showers and emergency eye wash units are suitable to be installed outside on the side of buildings closest to our clients Dangerous Goods Storage? The main concern being whether these units are able to withstand the weather elements?

    The answer is a resounding yes. Our Safety Showers and eye / face wash units are made from 304 Stainless steel and the ball valves use 316 stainless steel to withstand the elements.

    In addition we can provide cyclone stays for the most extreme outdoor environments, like we did for the Sino Iron project.

    Wide range of Speakman Safety Showers and Emergency Eye Wash units to suit your site. Customised units also available
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  • Where should Safety Showers and Emergency Eye-Face Washes be located

    Posted on: 28, May

    Below is an extract of Information courtesy of Australian Standard AS4775-2007 Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment.

    This is general information and should be used in conjunction with a detailed risk assessment of your site conditions and materials.

    LOCATION OF SAFETY SHOWERS AND EYEWASHES

    All units shall be positioned in accessible locations that require no more than 10 seconds to reach. The 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 immediately adjacent to the hazard.

    Safety Showers

    Emergency showers shall be designed and located so that the bottom of the shower head is not less than 2083mm or more than 2438mm in height from the surface on which the user stands.

    Eyewashes and Eye/Face Washes

    The unit shall be positioned with the nozzles not less than 838mm and no greater than 1143mm from the surface on which the user stands and 153mm minimum from the wall or obstruction.

    Combination units

    Combination units shall be designed so all components can operate individually and be positioned so they meet the requirements according to the location of showers and eyewashes.

    End of extract

    Additional Information

    For additional information please consult Australian Standard AS4775-2007 Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment.

    If you require a Emergency Safety Shower or Eye/Face Wash please click this link to check out our extensive range of Speakman Safety Showers and Eyewashes

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  • 10% off Speakman Emergency Eye wash and Safety Showers for EOFY

    Posted on: 22, May

    Time flies when you are having fun. We are at that time again to clear out the warehouse before the EOFY stocktake.

    Therefore our complete range of Speakman Safety Showers, face & eye wash units are discounted.

    Click here to check out the savings:- http://www.bigsafety.com.au/safety-showers-eyewashes.html

    Click here for the flyer to give to your boss :- http://www.bigsafety.com.au/files/showerandcabinetpromo.pdf

    Speakman Multi Spray Emergency Safety Shower and Eye/face wash Speakman Multi Spray Emergency Safety Shower and Eye/face wash unit with walk on grate activation
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  • Speakman Emergency Safety Showers discounted in end of year warehouse clearance sale

    Posted on: 02, Jun

    Time flies when you are having fun. We are at that time again to clear out the warehouse before the EOFY stocktake.


    Therefore our complete range of Speakman Safety Showers, face & eye wash units are discounted.

    Click here to check out the savings:- http://www.bigsafety.com.au/safety-showers-eyewashes.html

    Click here for the flyer to give to your boss :- http://www.bigsafety.com.au/files/showerandcabinetpromo.pdf

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  • Emergency Deluge Safety Showers and Eye Washes Explained

    Posted on: 22, Apr

    Is your worksite covered?

     

    Many clients are unclear about exactly what standards are required for an Emergency Deluge Safety Shower. This article aims to clarify in laymans terms to assist worksite Safety Managers in determining the right product to meet their needs.

     Unsuitable Equipment

    There are a number of myths in the marketplace about suitable substitute equipment for plumbed Emergency Safety Showers and Eye / Face Washes. However the following are not acceptable in accordance with the standard:-

    - Personal Eyewash equipment, such as squeeze bottles, do not meet the requirements of plumbed or self-contained eyewash equipment.

    - Hand held drench hoses do not meet the criteria of a plumbed or self – contained eyewash.

    - Self closing shower valves do not meet this standard and should be replaced with stay open valves.

    If these are the only means of protection, they should be replaced or supplemented with equipment meeting the requirements of AS4775-2007.

     

    When Required

    There are a number of reference documents relating to when and where the emergency safety showers and eyewashes are to be located. Below is a brief summary of the main ones

     

    Workcover requirement - Where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use.

     

    AS19400 – 2004 para 4.6 (c) The following items shall be provided within 10 m of, but not nearer than 2 m, to stores where packages are opened:

    i.                     Eye wash facilities complying with ANSI Z358.1

    ii.                   Water for the washing of hands

    (d)            A Safety Shower shall be installed where –

    i.           the quantity of liquids exceeds 2000L; or

    ii.     required by risk assessment or regulation.

    NOTE: Safety Showers should comply with ANSI Z358.1

    AS3780 – 2008 Explains the regulations regarding eye/face wash or a deluge shower to be located within an area used for the charging and maintenance of electric storage batteries.

     

    Self Assessment

    A simple first step in determining if you worksite requires a Emergency Safety Shower or Eye/Face wash can be a simple self assessment. This Self Assessment will be the first step and will assist you in determining if a more detailed risk analysis is to be completed.

    - Look for containers used to handle or store these materials and make sure ANSI Z358.1 – 1998 compliant Emergency Equipment is within 10 seconds travel distance.

    - Look for areas where workers are using Personal Protective Equipment such as goggles and liquid proof gloves. These are found in areas where hazardous materials are being used and eyewashes and/or showers will/may be required as secondary protection.

    - Look for signs of hazardous materials and make sure eyewashes and showers are within the required distance.

    - Make sure emergency equipment is properly located near these hazards.

    - Review the storage, transfer and use of flammable liquids in your workplace and these areas may require showers and/or eyewashes as secondary protection.

     

    Requirements of Emergency Deluge Safety Showers

    The following features are essential when considering selection of an Emergency Deluge Safety Shower or Eyewash in commercial and industrial environments. This includes schools, universities and hospitals.

     

    - ANSI Z358.1 – 1998 requires that shower valves be of simple operation, turn off to on in one second or less, and provide hands free operation once activated.

     

    - ANSI Z358.1 – 1998 requires that flushing fluids shall be tepid. Make sure that supplied water temperatures are in the range of 15º C and 35º C. This is important in hot environments where the pipes are exposed and heated during the day.

     

    This article is just a general introduction to some of the requirements and myths surrounding Safety Showers and emergency eye / face washes. This article needs to be considered in conjunction with the following relevant standards for Requirements of Emergency Deluge Safety Showers and Safety Eye washes:-

    -          ANSI Z358.1 – 2004 Emergency Eye Wash and Shower Equipment (This is the base document that was used in the production of the Australian Standard AS4775-2007)

    -          AS4775-2007 Emergency Eye Wash and Shower Equipment

    -          AS3780-2008 The storage and handling of corrosive substances

    -          AS1940-2004 The storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids

     

    Here is a general video on the Speakman Emergency Deluge Safety Showers and Eye / Face Wash to get an understanding of some products available.

    A supplier of the Speakman product range of safety showers and eye washes in Australia is Big Safety. There range can be viewed by clicking Emergency Deluge Safety Showers .

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