How To Test & Maintain Your Workplace Safety Shower

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Learn To Test & Maintain Your Safety Shower

In a workplace where hazards are present, safety is vital. In these cases, a safety shower is a great option to reduce incidents caused by chemical exposure. That being said, it’s not enough to just have one, the shower must be maintained and ready to go in the event of an emergency, 

When you make sure the safety showers are ready to use, you can be sure that injured workers have access to immediate aid as they need it. The failure to provide these safety showers in correct working order can lead to strong consequences for workplaces, sometimes resulting in fines or even jail time and the tarnishing of brand reputation. 

The Frequency of Safety Shower Testing & Maintenance

 The actual frequency at which you need to test and maintain your safety showers actually depends on a few factors such as the type of shower you have and specific state legalities. Despite this, here are some general guidelines to help you get on the right track.

Weekly: A Visual Inspection

Begin with a visual inspection of the safety shower once a week. This will help you see if there are issues like leaks, obstructions, and damage. Make sure your safety showers are still accessible and there’s no issue with lighting or signage. 

Monthly: Conduct Functional Testing

Each month consider performing a test to check the function of the shower. Activate the shower to make sure the water flows continuously at the right temperature. If you have them, also test eyewashes too. 

Annual: Conduct Comprehensive Inspection

An annual inspection should be scheduled, by either a professional or someone from the in-house maintenance team. This includes a thorough check of all components including valves, drainage systems, and plumbing. Worn parts should also be replaced quickly. 

Regular Maintenance

More than just a visual test and checking the function, your safety showers may need random maintenance as certain issues arise. This can include leaks that need repairs, replacing valves, or any other such issues. 

Documentation

Remember to keep detailed records of all inspections, tests, and maintenance activities conducted. Documentation is vital for your compliance. 

Environmental Considerations

In certain environments where harsh conditions are common, your safety shower may require more frequent testing and maintenance to account for more wear and tear over time. If your safety shower is outside, it has different regulations to be aware of and other accessories you will need to remain compliant. Similarly, if you decide to use an outdoor shower or portable decontamination devices there are different regulations also. 

The safety of those working around hazardous materials is the responsibility of the business itself, with this in mind, remember that regular testing and maintenance is not just for best practice, it’s a legal requirement. If you need any help, consider contacting Spill Station Australia for their comprehensive aid in maintenance, risk assessments, and workplace audits.