1. REQUIREMENTS
    1. These criteria set OSU campus standards for emergency shower and eyewash equipment to comply with the regulations set forth in the most current applicable OAR.

  2. EMERGENCY EYE WASH
    1. This equipment must meet the most current performance and installation requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
    2. All campus laboratories that use substances described above must have at least one emergency eye or eye/face wash located within the laboratory and as close as possible to the hazard.
      1. Hand held drench hoses are not considered eyewash units. They may be used in addition to equipment, which is described as meeting the ANSI standard. In some cases, a sink mounted eyewash and a drench hose may be installed in lieu of a combination eyewash/safety shower.
      2. Consult OSU EH&S for review and approval of this configuration.
    3. Approved emergency eye or eye/face wash units are Haws 7611 or Guardian G1805 (laboratory unit – install at sink), Haws 7000BT or Guardian G1750PT (Barrier Free), Haws 7656WC or Guardian GBF 1735DP (recessed), or equal. The approved units must be:
      1. Supplied by domestic water.
      2. Readily visible and accessible to the laboratory or work site. The unit should be located as close to the hazard as possible and cannot be blocked by building structures, cabinets, supplies or equipment.
      3. Regulated to provide a spray force of three to six gallons per minute at 30 psi.
      4. Mounted such that the water nozzles are 33 inches to 45 inches from the floor level; height should comply with the current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.
      5. Mounted so that spray nozzles, when activated, are no more than eighteen (18) inches from the counter front when located above work counters or benches.
      6. Provided with an activation device, such as stay open ball valve, that allows the user full movement of both hands after the valve is turned on.
      7. Identified with a highly visible sign.
      8. Drain will be plumbed to sanitary sewer.
      9. No electrical outlets within six (6) feet unless GFI protected.
      10. Indoor units are not required to deliver tempered water. Units installed outdoors or in adverse climates may need to be tempered. The need for tempered water shall be reviewed and approved by OSU EH&S during the design phase.

  3. EMERGENCY SHOWERS
    1. Emergency Showers must be a combination unit that meets the requirements of current ANSI standards. The unit must be installed and located so both the shower and eyewash can be used at the same time by one person. Approved eyewash/emergency shower units are Haws 8346 or Guardian G1909 HFC (GBF1909 Barrier Free), Haws 8355WC (recessed), Guardian GBF2150 (recessed), or equal. The approved units must be:
      1. Supplied by domestic water.
      2. Readily visible and accessible to all occupants of the laboratory or work site. They cannot be blocked by building structures, cabinets, supplies or equipment.
      3. Adequately supplied with potable water to meet the requirements of each component. The shower must be able to deliver a minimum of 30 gallons per minute. The diameter of the water pattern of the shower measured 60 inches above the surface on which the user stands must be a minimum of 20 inches. The center of the spray pattern shall be located at least 16 inches from any obstruction.
      4. Supplied by a minimum iron pipe size of one inch.
      5. Installed with a stay open ball valve.
      6. Installed so that the shower head is not less than 82 inches nor more than 96 inches from the surface on which the user stands.
      7. Identified with a highly visible sign.
      8. Eyewash component drain must be plumbed to sanitary sewer.
      9. Located so as not to pose an electrical shock hazard. No electrical outlets within six (6)feet unless GFI protected.
      10. Indoor units are not required to deliver tempered water. Units installed outdoors or in adverse climates may need to be tempered. The need for tempered water shall be reviewed and approved by OSU EH&S during the design phase.
      11. A dedicated water shutoff valve shall be located within ten feet of the shower unit.

  4. LOCATION OF EMERGENCY EYE WASH AND/ OR SHOWER
    1. A combination eyewash/emergency shower may be located outside the laboratory area provided an approved eyewash is located in the laboratory.
    2. The combination unit must be located so that travel distance is no more than ten seconds with no obstructions and only one door to pass through to reach the unit. Note: Emergency eyewash or eye/face wash shall be plumbed to sanitary sewer or sink-mounted.
    3. OSU EH&S will make final determination on selection of “equal” equipment to ensure the equipment meets current ANSI standards.