ISEA is the trade association for manufacturers of emergency eyewash and shower equipment and systems.
Emergency eyewash and shower equipment is designed to provide emergency flushing of the eyes, face or body of a person exposed to hazardous materials. This equipment is installed in workplaces of all types, from factories to auto repair shops, as well as laboratories, hospitals and schools. Products include emergency drench showers, eyewash units that may be permanently attached to the plumbing system or free-standing tank systems, eye/face washes, drench hoses, drench hoses, fixed and portable decontamination showers, mixing valves and personal eyewash bottles.
ISEA members have a seat at the table when standards are being written that affect their products; they get a first look at changes in standards, they influence the development of new standards, and they are kept informed of developments on standards around the world. The ISEA standard for eyewash and showers, ANSI/ISEA Z358.1, is recognized around the world, and the group has liaison representation on the European standards committee for laboratory eyewashes. In response to homeland security needs, the group developed an ANSI standard for decontamination showers.
ISEA gives members a full-time Washington office. They are kept up to date on important developments affecting their companies, and are identified with a respected and responsible organization that is an advocate for standards and regulations for emergency eyewash and shower equipment. ISEA promotes recognition of the ANSI standard as the basis for federal and state regulation of emergency eyewash and shower equipment in the workplace, and is an active participant in US government homeland security organizations developing standards and plans for personnel and equipment decontamination.
ISEA members use the association to learn from each other, and work together to improve markets. Information services are tuned to member companies’ needs.
In addition to bringing companies together in the Eyewash and Shower Group, ISEA membership is a link to the larger world of safety equipment, both in the U.S. and around the world. Companies receive regular bulletins and reports on standards, government policies and proposals, and market intelligence. They participate in the association’s annual Executive Summit and Fall Meeting, where the industry comes together to share information and insight. Members’ products are listed in the searchable online Buyers Guide, and promoted in the quarterly Protection Update newsletter.
For more than 80 years, ISEA has set the standard for personal safety equipment manufacturers, supporting and promoting the business interests of its member companies, united in the goal of protecting the health and safety of people worldwide.
Emergency Eyewash and Shower Standards
American National Standards from ISEA:
- ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 – Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment
- ANSI/ISEA 113-2013 – Fixed and Portable Decontamination Shower Units
ISEA is represented on the following standards committees and panels:
- ANSI Z535 – Safety Signs and Colors
- ANSI Z10 – Occupational Health and Safety Systems
- ASTM E54 – Committee on Homeland Security Applications
- ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel
- CEN TC322 /WG2 – Fittings and Fixtures (European Committee for Standardization)