Emergency Shower

Published: | Updated: August 2, 2018

Definition - What does Emergency Shower mean?

An emergency shower is used as a form of emergency first aid aimed at limiting the effects of accidental exposure to harmful materials. In any workplace where workers may be exposed to harmful materials, such as corrosive chemicals, employers must install an emergency shower.

While OSHA regulations specify which industries should install emergency showers and eyewash facilities, and specifies that sufficient flushing fluid should be available, the technical requirements for emergency showers are not specified.

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Safeopedia explains Emergency Shower

In chemical accidents, a quick response is necessary to mitigate the risk of permanent damage. A few seconds delay is sufficient to exacerbate injuries. An emergency shower, then, should be situated so that workers can make rapid use of the facility in the event of a spill (within approximately 55 feet of the chemical hazard).

A sufficient supply of clean water should be available, since flushing times needed may vary from 5 to 20 minutes depending on how corrosive the chemicals are.

Workers should be trained in the proper response to accidents involving corrosives, and the emergency shower should not be used as an eyewash station.

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