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Emergency Shower & Eyewash Testing

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Emergency Shower & Eyewash Testing

November 27, 2018
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We have struggled for years to install performance-based inspection, testing and maintenance methods into this particular regulatory product developed by the International Safety Equipment Association:

Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Stations: ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014

We have struggled on many fronts, not the least of which is obtaining data that will persuade a technical committee that is dominated by manufacturers; a condition seen in many standards development committees.   As can be seen in our legacy workspace (linked below), and in the short article we prepared for one of the many education industry trade associations, we think that this technology is over-specified and over-inspected.

Price Discovery in Workplace Safety


We found one university-affiliated hospital that was monitoring  compliance

of one eyewash station and/or emergency shower for every patient bed


Not all is bad news, however: the level of debate has been elevated.   We are tracing some proposals that align (somewhat) with our #TotalCostofOwnership agenda for the user-interest in the education facility industry have been picked up by other consensus standards developers — notably by the International Code Council – and described in previous posts (below).   Our colleagues at Northwestern University, working through the Campus Safety and Environmental Health Association have also proposed that compliance agencies adopt a European performance standard linked below:

Note that this is a 2006 consensus document produced from central European regulator that may inspire leading practice discovery and safety promulgation in other nations.

The 2019 revision of ISEA Z358.1 is now in process and, based upon information posted on the ISEA website, the technical committee will be convening again at the ISEA Annual Conference. November 28-30 in Alexandia, Virginia.  CLICK HERE for more information.

The Z358.1 | ANSI Standard for Emergency Shower & Eyewash Testing committee will meet Wednesday, November 28th, 8:30 AM – 12:00 Noon in Alexandria, Virginia.  This is all the information we have at the moment.   Education industry facility managers should feel free to click in any day at 11 AM EDT for a status check and enlightened discussion. Use the login credentials at the upper right of our homepage.

Issue: [13-28] and [16-69]

Contact: Mike Anthony, Richard Robben, Mark Schaufele, Ron George




ANSI Essential Requirements: Due process requirements for American National Standards

(Recommended for an understanding of the “user-interest” in the global standards system

Link to Legacy Workspace

Who Are “Incumbent Stakeholders”?




Posted June 23, 2018

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:

2018 Report of the Committee Action Hearings

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:

Teleconference Login Information


Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Stations: ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014

Posted May 24, 2018

University of Delaware | Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory

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:

Healthcare Proposals Group A I-2 11-29-2017 File 16-69 and 13-28

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

Hunter College Laboratory | Our position has been to specify more of these rather than more of them in laboratory building hallways.

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