Emergency Drenching Station Maintenance
Weekly maintenance is essential for ensuring that emergency showers, eyewash stations, and drench hoses are in working condition when they are needed most. During the weekly inspection all components should be activated to remove any microbial contaminants that could build up if flushing fluid or water sits stagnant for extended periods of time. Activating the drenching station will also ensure that the flushing fluid is available in case of an emergency. Other concerns to note are leaks, breaks, or clogs in the equipment or hoses. The area and pathway to the shower should be clear of any obstacles or obstructions. The Pro-Guard Environmental Drenching Station Checklist has outlined all the components that need to be checked weekly. The checklist should be dated and signed after each inspection and kept in a safe accessible location.
An in-depth inspection of emergency showers, eyewash stations, and drench hoses should also be completed on a yearly basis. The yearly emergency shower checklist follows the ANSI guidelines to ensure that the drenching station has not dropped below ANSI standards. Some of the components checked in the yearly inspection are the activation time, the volume of flushing fluid, and the diameter of spray. In case there is a broken or missing component, extra parts should be kept on the premises to remove the risk of the drenching station being out of commission when needed. The Pro-Guard Environmental Drenching Station Checklist has outlined all the components that need to be checked yearly.
All employees must be trained on how to use each component of the drenching station. Building confidence in your employees’ ability to use safety equipment reduces the risk of them panicking when an emergency occurs. Employees must be trained on how to operate the equipment before entering the jobsite. A yearly review should be held to ensure that all steps have been remembered correctly, this allows employees to ask any questions and build confidence in case of emergency. Concerns that employees may have about activating the shower should be addressed immediately. One concern to address is the amount of water that will be released into the workplace. Teaching employees about the use of the drench stations before, during, and after will allow them to activate the station without hesitation during emergencies.