Safety

Wireless alarms for facility showers are crucial to plant safety

Wireless alarms for facility showers can help workers provide quicker first aid to a worker if they have been injured in a remote area or late at night.
By Jeff Cater October 31, 2018

Every industrial processing facility has alarms for all sorts of events. They can be simple things like high temperatures/pressures or tank overfill. It may, however, be more urgent such as a fire or toxic gas leak. The majority of these urgent and potentially catastrophic events already have some sort of alarm.

When it comes to emergency showers and eyewashes, this is not the case. Yes, there may be a light or even a siren on the shower that goes off upon activation but many don’t have this feature. That’s fine if the victim is with someone, but what if they are working alone at night or in a remote area? The first aid crew needs to know their help is needed now.

Not all emergency shower events are life-threatening, but many could be life altering and quick response from the emergency crew could be the difference between living a normal life and one with limitations. In addition to alerting emergency personnel, today’s occupational safety standards demand the regular maintenance of the systems.

Having a good alarm system with tracking and data storage capabilities can give your coworkers peace of mind, potentially save money on insurance and possibly prevent a catastrophic event.

Jeff Cater, account manager, Cross Co.’s Instrumentation Group. This article originally appeared on Cross Co.’s Process Instrumentation & Valves blog. Cross Co. is a CFE Media content partner. Edited by Chris Vavra, production editor, Control Engineering, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.


Jeff Cater
Author Bio: Account manager, Cross Co.’s Instrumentation Group