How to Select Hand Washing Stations
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Hand washing station are stations where a worker or patron can clean and sanitize their hands. These stations are complete assemblies with dispensers and in many cases storage for clean and grey water.
Hand wash stations have few product specifications to consider when selecting a product.
- Flush duration- The length of time the washer can continuously dispense.
- Number of dispensers- The number of people the device can simultaneously serve.
Hand washing stations can be mounted in a variety of ways to best fit into the lab or environment it will be used in. The mounting option should be selected based on room available and ease of access required.
- Floor Mount- Device is mounted or placed on the floor.
- Wall Mount- Device is mounted directly to the wall.
Portable- Device can be moved around the lab. These are often self-contained and include their own water.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publishes regulations that apply to hand and eye washing systems and stations. In addition, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) developed the ANSI standard Z358.1-1990, "Emergency Eye Wash and Shower Equipment", to help users select and install hand and eye washing systems and stations in order to meet OSHA requirements.