Hispanic workers, especially those in high-risk industries like construction or agriculture, continue to be disproportionately injured and killed on the job. In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported there were 789 Hispanic or Latino worker fatalities from work-related incidents.

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) is committed to identifying ways to improve the safety and health of Hispanic and Latino workers.  ISEA has developed a Spanish- language version of ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014, American National Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment, to assist employers and employees.

ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 was prepared by the Emergency Eyewash and Shower Group of the ISEA and reviewed by a consensus panel of key stakeholders representing architects, healthcare facilities, chemical and safety professionals and government agencies.

This revision updates the 2009 version and includes further clarification to emphasize that fluid flow location and pattern delivery for emergency eyewashes and eye/face washes is the critical aspect in designing and installing these devices, rather than the positioning of nozzles.  Additionally, illustrations have been updated to reflect contemporary design configurations that are known to meet the criteria in the standard.

“This globally accepted standard continues to be the authoritative document that specifies minimum performance criteria for flow rates, temperature and drenching patterns,” said Imants Stiebris, chairman of the ISEA Emergency Eyewash and Shower Group and Safety Products Business Leader of Speakman Company.  “These are important characteristics for a user to receive adequate emergency treatment of the eyes and body when exposed to injurious materials.”

The standard can be purchased from ISEA for $60 a copy; discounts are available on bulk orders. For additional information, contact Cristine Z. Fargo, ISEA director of member and technical services at: cfargo@safetyequipment.org.

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BLS reference: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cfoi.pdf

(News post also available in Spanish, click here)