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NSF Portable Sinks: For Prevention of Bacterial, Viral and Foodborne Illnesses

NSF Portable SinksNSF 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.

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Installing Emergency Showers: Additional Considerations

installing emergency showersIn 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.

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Eye Wash Station Maintenance: Why It’s So Important

eye wash station maintenanceRecently, 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.

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