Have you got gas? This question may seem a little personal in a business setting, but I assure you I’m not referring to the aftereffects of a rich meal but instead whether your business uses aerosol cans, LPG bottles, forklift gas bottle or the tall/skinny G-size gas cylinders.
One of the most common sights we see when visiting workshops and industrial facilities to advise on best practice for handling and storing hazardous substances, is poor house keeping of flammable aerosol cans. Aerosol cans are incredibly convenient and useful, which is why we see them on nearly every work site we visit.
It is no accident that emergency vehicles have flashing lights and sirens. The purpose of these is to snap people out of their normal state and let them know that there is an emergency in progress. When it comes to responding to chemical accidents the same theory holds true. Having a flashing light and siren go off when you activate an emergency shower and eyewash lets other people around you know that an emergency is in progress and that assistance is needed.
Did you know that AS4775, The Emergency Shower and Eyewash Standard, requires that your emergency showers, eyewashes, eye/face washes or combination units be activated weekly? The exact wording of the standard is this: "Plumbed shower [eyewash, eye/facewash, or combination] equipment shall be activated weekly for a period long enough to verify operation and ensure flushing fluid is available.”
Emergency showers and eyewashes offer critical first response for any business that stores or uses hazardous substances. In the event of a chemical emergency where corrosive or toxic substances splash onto a person’s face or body, they need to be able to reach an emergency shower or eyewash within 10 seconds and flush the affected area for at least 15 minutes.
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the standard Tobin Saline Eyewash Solution and the Tobin Borate Buffer Eyewash Solution? The normal, response to this questions is long silence followed by “….argh no, but now you mention it, you may as well tell me.”
The Swedes have a long and proud history of innovation. You may be familiar with Bluetooth, Spotify, Tetra Pak, Dynamite, the adjustable crescent, and Ikea, but did you know they also designed the smartest saline eyewash bottle on the market today (IMHO).