January 28, 2016
If you’re looking for eyewash station information, this blog post is a great place to start. Over the years, we’ve published lots of information here and on our main website about eyewash stations, covering everything from selecting the right model to proper use and maintenance.
Over the years we’ve put so much emphasis on eyewash station information because we recognize that selecting the right eyewash station is no easy task. With so many makes and models to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. And while it’s tempting to simply supplement or replace your existing eyewash stations with the same models you already have, those models may no longer be your best choice. After all, regulations, technologies and products—and your own facility requirements—change.
December 8, 2015
NSF portable sinks might not be the first thing that come to mind when you think of improving workplace health—but they should! A quick perusal of media headlines and statistics demonstrates the powerful role that hand washing plays in stemming the spread of communicable disease.
For example, the Bellingham Herald recently reported on an outbreak of E. coli at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in April. The fairground was the location of the Milk Makers Fest, an educational event attended by students, parents and teachers. Forty people who attended the event fell ill. Another 20 fell ill from contact with other attendees.
November 19, 2015
In some facilities, selecting and installing emergency showers is relatively straightforward. But many times, issues can arise that complicate the process or make you second-guess your choice of shower. To help you avoid nasty “surprises,” we’ve compiled a list of additional things to consider when selecting and installing emergency showers:
Piped vs. Portable
Do you have piped water that’s easily accessible at the planned location of the emergency shower? If not, you’ll either need to lay new pipes or choose a portable emergency shower. If you decide to go with a portable unit, make sure it can maintain water flow for a full 15 minutes, as required.
Number of Workers
If multiple workers could be affected by a hazard, then you may need to install multiple emergency showers.
November 3, 2015
Recently, OSHA released an InfoSheet on eye wash station maintenance, with a particular focus on the health effects of contaminated eye wash station water. Even a cursory reading leaves no doubt: infections arising from stagnant water can be nasty and dangerous—which is why eye wash station maintenance is so important.
Hazards Associated With Improper Eye Wash Station Maintenance
The biggest hazard associated with improperly maintained eye wash stations is infection. When water is stationary over time, it’s more likely to contain infection-causing organisms, such as Acanthamoeba, Pseudomonas and Legionella. When workers use eye wash stations with contaminated water, organisms can enter their body via the eye, skin or respiratory system.
July 28, 2015
Consequently, OSHA has standards, fact sheets and bulletins on the topic, including Procedures for Atmospheric Testing in Confined Spaces, Asphyxiation Hazard in Pits and Suffocation Hazards in Flat Storage Building and Tanks. OSHA standard 20 CFR 1910.146 applies to confined spaces and includes specifics on forced air ventilation.
July 21, 2015
If you search for thermostatic mixing valves, you might be surprised at the huge divergence in price. While thermostatic mixing valves designed for emergency use are priced anywhere from $400 to $3000, you can pick up a thermostatic mixing valve for home use at any hardware store for around $100-$200. What gives?
What Are Thermostatic Mixing Valves?
Before we get into price, let’s review what a thermostatic mixing valve is. Whether used at home or with an emergency shower or eyewash station, thermostatic mixing valves serve the same purpose: to mix hot and cold water to make the output a comfortable temperature.
July 16, 2015
In this blog post, we review the many reasons why you might choose portable instead of a plumbed unit (tied into your water supply) for your workplace.
Portability is an obvious benefit of portable eyewash stations. You can easily move them from place to place because they don’t require plumbing or drainage pipes.
July 7, 2015
If you’re only familiar with home and office carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, you might be surprise at the wide variety and sophistication of gas detectors on the market. In this blog post, we’ll quickly review where gas detectors are typically deployed as well as some of the more popular options.
Does Your Workplace Need Gas Detectors?
Generally, gas detectors are used anyplace with potential gas hazards. This includes plants where hazardous vapors are produced, such as wastewater treatment plants. It also includes welding shops and other facilities where combustible gases could be present. Less obviously, it also includes confined spaces where gasses can accumulate.
June 30, 2015
Today, spill control products are more sophisticated than ever. They’re much more than the oversized, oddly shaped cotton balls they appear to be.
In fact, spill control products are tailor made to absorb different kinds of spills. Understanding what kind of spill control product you’re using is important because choosing the wrong kind of spill clean up product can be dangerous.
June 23, 2015
If you think flame resistant (FR) clothing is by necessity thick, stiff and uncomfortable, think again. Today, innovations in fabric manufacturing has made FR clothes virtually indistinguishable from regular street clothes.
What is FR Clothing?
But before we get into how FR clothing has changed, let’s review what it is. Contrary to common belief, FR clothing isn’t flame proof. You can’t, for example, put on FR clothing and expect to emerge unscathed from a fire.