A full body decontamination shower provides fast first aid to minimise possible contamination of the body following an accident. They are extremely easy to use and can be wall or ceiling mounted or free-standing. All DENIOS emergency drench shower equipment complies with the latest EN 15154 regulation.
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The first ten to 15 seconds after an individual is exposed to a hazardous substance are critical, particularly if the substance is corrosive in nature. Safety showers provide on-the-spot treatment to flush away the material before serious injury can occur. A prompt decontamination shower is crucial for the wellbeing of workers.
A safety shower may only require the washing of the affected body part or the removal of clothing for a full body shower. If clothing has also been contaminated, it can also be washed in the safety shower. Eye Wash Stations, where the eyes and face can be easily washed, are useful for providing effective decontamination for the delicate face and eye area. They can be purchased separately or are incorporated into many of the body and eye showers stocked by DENIOS UK.
What are the regulations by law?
The basic obligations of the employer are laid down in the Occupational Health and Safety Act § 3. He is obliged to take the necessary occupational safety measures. Section 39 of the Workplace Ordinance stipulates that workplaces must have the necessary first aid equipment. Regulations applicable to Europe are laid down in EN 15154. This standard is divided into five parts:
Part 1: Body showers with water connection for laboratories.
Part 2: Eye showers with water connection
Part 3: Body showers without water connection
Part 4: Eye showers without water connection
Part 5: Overhead body showers with water for locations other than laboratories
The emergency showers in the range at DENIOS UK are well made and designed to comply with the latest EN 15154 legislation. Once they have been properly installed in the correct locations, they can be safely used for decontamination purposes. Regular cleaning is necessary to maintain the safety of the showers, with additional cleaning required if the shower has been used.
Good maintenance is essential for long-term safety, so ensure that your health and safety strategy includes regular tests of the safety equipment to keep it in the best possible condition. The recommended interval for tests is once a month but consult individual manufacturer’s guidelines to make sure that the emergency shower that you purchase is being checked regularly enough. Also, make sure that all workers are aware of how to report any wear and tear that they notice between inspections.
Installing an emergency shower
With speed so essential, an emergency shower should be installed close to where contact with hazardous substances is likely to take place. The safety showers at DENIOS UK have a number of mounting options to suit different circumstances, such as a Full Body and Eye Shower, which can be floor mounted, a Full Body Wall Mounted Shower, a Full Body Ceiling Mounted Shower or a Stainless Steel Over Door Mounted Body Shower.
Contact with hazardous substances can occur outdoors as well as in. If that is likely to be the case on your premises, or if space requirements simply make it more convenient to site the emergency shower outdoors, purchase a Heated Full Body Shower, which is frost-proof.
When deciding where to install the body and eye shower on your premises, there are a number of factors to consider. These include practical issues such as access to the water supply and considering how the water is to be heated. The shower needs to be situated close to hazardous areas and be fully accessible. Obstacles that cause even a few seconds delay in getting to the safety shower can result in increased severity of injury. It is also important that the emergency shower is fully visible, with clear signage provided so that even those who are not familiar with the premises can locate the safety shower easily if required.
What types of safety showers are available?
Depending on your operational requirements, you can choose between a body shower or a combination shower that combines body and eye shower. DENIOS offers body showers for wall mounting, ceiling mounting, over-the-door mounting and floor mounting for free-standing installation. The shower head can be chosen between a plastic or stainless steel version. An integrated flow regulator ensures an even and soft water jet and guarantees good cleaning performance. Body showers are easy to operate by means of a pull rod with handle. In combination showers, the eye shower is triggered by a large-area pressure plate.
How often do body showers need to be checked?
All safety showers should be serviced and cleaned regularly - at least every 6 months. Furthermore, they must be checked regularly (at least once a month or according to the manufacturer's specifications) to ensure that they are functioning properly.