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The GalvinSafe® (HAWS) emergency decontamination equipment with its ground breaking AXION® MSR technology continues to change the emergency response landscape by offering the only eye/face wash response solution in the industry duplicating the methodology recommended and used by medical professionals.
The AXION® MSR (Medically Superior Response Technology) provides the following benefits:
- Injury Reduction
To aid in reducing unnecessary injury, the trademarked inverted eye/face wash water streams gently flush contaminants away from sensitive glands and ducts that surround the eye.
- Integral Flow Control
Predictable eye/face wash stream heights and laminar flow provide consistent pressure for greater user comfort. Flow controls within the showerhead regulate the flow rate to ensure water is available for the eye/face wash to allow for simultaneous use.
- Victim Comfort
The hydrodynamic showerhead design minimizes the strong physical pressure by releasing smaller discreet droplets and spinning the water inlet makes the distribution even across the entire footprint of the flow.
Protection for the Human Eye
The human eye is equipped with an automatic lubricating and cleansing mechanism, called the lacrimal system. It consists of the lacrimal punctum – a drain which channels excess fluids away from the ocular surface. The lacrimal punctum drains excess fluids directly into the nasal cavity. This process is the reason why your nose runs when you cry.
If a chemical is introduced into the eye, nature’s own cleansing mechanism can serve to force the contaminant into the nasal cavity, where it can potentially cause further internal injury. The ideal approach in chemical or particulate eye injuries is to sweep contaminants away from the lacrimal punctum.
AXION® MSR can solve the 3 most common compliance issues by providing:
- Simultaneous Flow
When installed together, the AXION® MSR eye/face wash head and showerhead provide the simultaneous flows needed to meet AS 4775 (sec. 9.3, 9.5 [b, e iii])
- Non-Injurious Controlled Flow
AXION® MSR products provide laminar flow eye/face wash streams for even, consistent, predictable stream height and circumference for greater user comfort, encouraging use for the full 15-minute AS 4775 requirement. (Eye wash sec. 7.1, 9.4 [c], 7.3.1; Eye/Face wash sec. 8.1, 8.3, 9.1 [d])
- Even Eyewash Flow Patterns
AXION® MSR provides a controlled flow to both eyes simultaneously with comfortable water pressure. (sec. 7.2, 8.2, 9.1 [c, d])
ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 and AS 4775 Compliance
Published by International Safety Equipment Association, ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 establishes minimum performance and use requirements for eyewash and shower equipment. While AS 4775 was developed based on ANSI/ISEA Z358.1, they are not equivalent. The main differences lie in the inclusion of guidance on: dimensional constraints for disabled access, local materials for plumbing components and good design and manufacture.
One of the most critical mandatory performance criteria is the simultaneous operation. To achieve AS 4775 compliance, designs need to be well balanced. If they are not balanced, activation of the shower simultaneously with the eye or eye/face wash will result in a pressure drop leaving the eye or eye/face wash outlets starved of flow with the emergency combination shower failing to comply.
Significant requirements for simultaneous use include:
- Eyewash must deliver a minimum of flushing fluid at 1.5 litres per minute or 11.4 litres per minute for an eye/face wash
- Drench shower must deliver a minimum of 75.7 litres per minute
- Must be capable of simultaneous use
- Must deliver tepid flushing fluid, defined as 15.6° - 37.8°C
Why Tepid Water?
Providing the right water temperature will provide a comfortable flushing environment and encourage the required full 15-minute flush to:
- Help cool burns
- Help prevent hypothermia
- Help prevent chemical absorption
- Minimize further injury