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Directives for eye washes and safety showers


Caustic acid and other dangerous substances can cause serious damage. When an accident occurs it is important that safety equipment is close at hand and it is of utmost importance that rinsing is done immediately after exposure to a dangerous substance. A delayed “first aid” treatment may cause serious damages. Examples of hazards for eyes and skin are acidic or alkaline fluids, mechanical damages, hot substances and fluids.

How shall we then know where and in which environment there must be eye washes and safety showers? With the help of recommendations issued by the Work Environment Authority we can get information and knowledge. Also about responsibilities and demands which are relevant to the work environment where first aid and safety equipment is necessary.

Directives and standars

In the Swedish Work Environment Act (1977:1160) there are rules about obligations for employers and other safety people as how to prevent illness and accidents at work. There are also rules about cooperation between employer and employee, for example rules about the safety officers’ activities. The Work Environment Authority issues the regulations which more in detail take up the demands in specific environments.

New knowledge about risks and changes in work life as well as new EC directives mean continuous work to develop existing directives. In the information box to the right you can download all directives. The latest edition within “First Aid and Crisis Support” is AFS 1999:7. Our eye and safety showers also fulfils the demands in SS-EN 15154-1 & 2 latest edition and ANSI Norm Z358.1 latest edition.

If you have any questions regarding laws and directives, you are welcome to contact us at Krusman. We will do our best to help you.


Installation steps

1. Correct location of a safety shower

2. Amount of water in a safety shower

3. Tempered water

4. Safety at pressure fall in the water supply

5. Reduced pressure

6. Adapt material in the shower to the right environment

7. Valve

Krusman safety tank shower

Emergency shower system incorporated with a insulated tank. In case of water supply stops, the tank guarantees a flow of tempered water for up to 15 min. Krusman Emergency Showers manufacture emergency tank showers fitted with a cooler to prevent extreme water temperatures in hot climates.

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