| FAQ - Regulatory Processes - 2015
What is the regulation for testing an eyewash station? I have heard mixed messages from different experts but no documentation on any of these questions. I must be looking in the wrong location.
To ensure that eyewash stations and showers are always ready when needed, it is important that the requirements for test procedures and maintenance set forth in ANSI Z358.1-2014 be followed. The American National Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment (ANSI Z358.1-2014) is a standard that establishes minimum performance and use requirements for eyewash and shower equipment for the emergency treatment of the eyes or body of a person who has been exposed to hazardous materials. It covers the following types of equipment: emergency showers, eyewashes, eye/face washes, and combination units.
This standard also includes performance and use requirements for personal wash units and drench hoses, which are considered supplemental to emergency eyewash and shower equipment. 1
OSHA can use ANSI Z358.1-2014 as a guide during inspections and may elect to issue penalties based on non-compliance. For further information on any OSHA requirements in to your state, it is recommended that you contact your state OSHA program.
You may also find some helpful information in this Internet search:
Regulation for eyewash testing
1) American National Standards Institute. ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014. http://webstore.ansi.org/RecordDetail.aspx?sku=ANSI%2fISEA+Z358.1-2014 Accessed on April 16, 2015.