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Emergency Shower Systems TESTING & INSPECTIONS

What Are Emergency Shower Systems?

Emergency shower stations are installed in workplaces that deal with hazardous chemicals on a regular basis. These stations are designed to quickly decontaminate the eyes, faces and bodies of workers who are exposed to caustic or corrosive chemicals. The initial 10-15 seconds after exposure to hazardous chemicals can be the difference between minor harm and severe injury. Along with decontamination, emergency showers can be used to extinguish clothing fires quickly.

A well maintained and fully functioning emergency shower system is crucial to protect your workers and avoid fines. Because of the health risks posed in certain industries, emergency showers must be inspected annually and activated weekly to ensure they are in adherence with Australian Standard AS4775-2007.

What Rules and Regulations Do I Have To Adhere To?

  • The shower system must be located within 10 seconds walking distance from potential hazards.
  • The system must be located on the same level as potential hazards.
  • The shower system must be free of obstruction at all times to allow for easy access in emergency situations.
  • Flushing fluid must be no more than 38 degrees Celsius.
  • Clear signage indicating the presence of a shower system must be visible and the area around the system must be well-lit.
  • The showerhead must be no less than 2083 millimetres and no more than 2483 millimetres from the ground where the user will stand.
  • The shower system must supply no less than 75.7 litres of fluid per minute at 210kPa. Fluid must be dispersed at a diameter of no less than 508 millimetres when calculated at 1524 millimetres or more above the standing surface.
  • The shower operating valve must be easy to operate, turn on in a second or less and be located no more than 1733 millimetres above the surface where the user will stand. This valve must also be resistant to corrosive substances.

What Does an Annual Emergency Shower Inspection from Hughes Plumbing Contractors Involve?

Hughes Plumbing Contractors employ a rigorous inspection process to ensure that your system is functioning properly.

First, our technician will activate the shower system to ensure fluid dispersal is occurring at the correct level and quantity. Next, the technician will check that all parts of the system are in proper working order. After this, dispersal patterns will be analysed to confirm they are in line with AS4775-2007 standards. Finally, the temperature and rate of water flow will be checked. If the inspection was successful and without fault, our technician will tag the shower system as “passed.” If your system has not met our inspection requirements, we will provide recommendations on how to improve it.

How can Hughes Plumbing Contractors Help Me?

A well maintained emergency shower system will ensure the health and safety of your employees. Regardless of your industry, you must adhere to government laws and regulations. When the time for your annual inspection comes, you can trust Hughes Plumbing Contractors to undertake a thorough inspection and subsequent report on the functioning of your system. To book your annual inspection, send an email to info@hughespc.com.au or call Ben on 0406 288 142.

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