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Check Emergency Shower and Eyewash Stations

Graham Marshall - Saturday, April 28, 2012

Site visits by mines safety inspectors in Western Australia over the past year have revealed that far too many safety shower and face or eye-wash combination units do not work properly.

Frequently, the shower and eye-wash components do not perform efficiently when used simultaneously.

The most common fault is that water supply pressures are too low and do not meet the manufacturers’ minimum requirements.

Emergency showers and eye-wash stations need to be regularly checked by the mine operator and they must also be maintained in good condition — no-one wants to discover there is a problem when they already have a hazardous substance on their skin or in their eyes.

To raise awareness of this issue, Resources Safety (WA Department of Mines and Petroleum) has produced a poster that summarizes the requirements of the relevant Australian Standard (AS 4775:2007), and can be used as a prompt when checking emergency shower and eye-wash stations.

The poster can be downloaded by clicking here (it is 7.3 MB so may take a few moments to upload).

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