We find emergency shower and eyewash safety and sustainability concepts tracking in the next revision of the International Plumbing Code. A simple search on the word “eyewash” in the link below identifies the response of the ICC Group A plumbing technical committee to proposals to modify the requirements for location, operation and maintenance of this technology:
As stated throughout this advocacy stream, in supporting the education industry “user-interest” #TotalCostofOwnership agenda do not object to the specific safety technology itself; we are simply advocating for more risk-informed criteria and site-specific performance guidelines. Ahead of the next public announcement by the ISEA technical committee we will host an online teleconference to evaluate the International Plumbing Code proposals (now open for public review) for the application of this essential safety technology.
Anyone may join this teleconference — July 12th, 11:00 – 11:30 AM Eastern time — with the login information below:
Posted May 24, 2018
We have been advocating for risk-informed applications of emergency shower and eyewash testing safety technologies since the 2014 revision of ISEA Z358.1 | ANSI Standard for Emergency Shower & Eyewash Testing (Click here). Through indications received from many users in research enterprises in the education industry, the quantity overspecification and the fixed interval testing of this safety technology imposes a financial burden that prohibits scarce preventive maintenance resources from being allocated to other safety technologies where risk is higher.
We have not had much success in this advocacy project (begun ahead of the 2014 revision cycle) owing to the dominance of manufacturer, compliance and enforcement interests. Admittedly, great deal of resistance to change originates in the rather well-funded compliance enterprises in research universities also. As in many ANSI-accredited standards suites, the manufacturers — the organizations that support the trade association – write the standard to reduce their risk. Only after the public standard is written is the user-interest — the stakeholder in university research enterprises in the best position to manage all dimensions of risk — allowed to vote. The stakeholder we have in mind is the principal investigator who has received the research grant — not the university compliance officer.
The 2019 revision to ISEA Z358.1 is under development now and was on the agenda of ISEA’s Annual Executive Summit that took place May 6-8 in Arlington, Virginia. It is noteworthy that laboratory safety technology is on the agenda of the International Code Council’s Group A Code Development Cycle. One proposal for laboratory safety can be found on Page 10 (Item K322) of the link below:
The proposal for inclusion into the International Fire Code (IFC) appears to expand the application of the safety technology. Whatever concepts we have proposed in the past for ISEA Z358.1 will have a new challenge in the next revision of the IFC. Many research universities have enterprises that will be affected by this proposal. Does over-testing of laboratory safety equipment make US research universities less competitive globally?
We welcome collaboration with all stakeholders on this proposal during our weekly Open Door teleconferences. Anyone is welcomed to participate with the login information below:
Issue: [13-28] and [16-69]
Contact: Mike Anthony, Richard Robben, Mark Schaufele, Ron George