How to use emergency showers effectively

How to Use Emergency Showers Effectively

There are some situations where a person or persons can get entangled in a dangerous situation. This can include a fire or bomb blast or an exposure to hazardous chemical materials. Most industrial establishments have safety arrangements in place that can help the workers ward off any impacts of exposure to these chemicals. Emergency showers are one of the most prominent methods applied to clean these materials from the body.

   Emergency showers come in three basic categories. One is the traditional wall or roof mounted showers that are immobile. One has to go to a fixed place and wash off the chemicals. The second type is movable but with space restrictions. The most common type is one with a movable shower head. This enables a person to effectively clean all parts of the body. The third type of emergency shower is the portable one. It can be placed on a car or truck and can be taken anywhere.

   The third type of shower is used in emergency situations when there is little room for all workers to wash off the dirty stuff. Additionally, it can be used in extreme emergency situations where it is impossible for the affected workers to move to a safer place.

   Emergency showers can be used effectively if the workers are trained on how to use them. More importantly, it is the legal duty of the employer under the UK laws that emergency showers should be installed within a 100 feet distance of the production facility or the place with hazardous materials. If an employer has breached that rule, he or she has to face the law.

   Coming back to the use of emergency showers, they are not a rocket science. Any worker can easily use a shower just like using it at home. The only precaution to take is to effectively wash down all the hazardous material from the body. This requires a little practice. Unlike the home shower, where we might have a quick bath, emergency shower has to be prolonged and detailed.

   If you are exposed to chemicals or other hazardous materials, the first thing to do is remove your external clothing. If you are using special suits then they have to be removed. After doing that, you should head to the shower room. In case of a fixed wall-mounted shower, you will have to thoroughly clean yourself through body maneuvers. This means that you have to spend extra time in cleaning all the body parts by tilting your body to get water exposure.

   Showers with movable head are easier to use. Both in the immovable and movable showers, first priority should be given to your eyes. You can lose sight if chemicals are not washed properly. You need to properly rinse your eyes repeatedly to drain all the pollutants. The next thing to concentrate is your face and head. Then wash the rest of your body with water. You can also apply soap in the later stage.

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