European Standard EN 15154 - Safety showers

  • The objective of the European Standard Project is to achieve a European(technical) standard to avoid potential conflicts amongst national standards.
  • The Standard for Plumbed-in body showers and eye wash units was achieved in 2006 (EN 15154-1 and EN 15154-2).
  • 15154-3 and 15154-4 parts achieved in 2009 deal more specifically with non-plumed safety shower for the body (part 3) and the eye (part 4) giving devices such as Prevor's showers and eyewash units the recognition of technical and technological standards.

EN15154

Principle > either mechanically wash or sufficiently dilute the substances to render them harmless

Flow rate: in accordance with the national legislations

  • If no legislation = 60 l./min. is suitable
  • 15 minutes of performance
  • 95% of flow rate in diameter of 40 cm in order to avoid all risks of flooding…
  • Non dangerous flow rate for the user

Water quality

  • Potable water or water with a similar quality
  • No «contamination» due to the materials used in the construction of the system

Temperature

  • Hypothermia risk; minimum recommended water temperature of 15°C (in annex)

Information to be provided by the manufacturer

  • Installation, operating and maintenance
  • Method and frequency of routine testing
  • Marking to identify the manufacturer (on the shower)

DIPHOTERINE® solution eyewash

Principle > either mechanically wash or sufficiently dilute the substances to render them harmless

Flow rate

  • 6 l/min
  • 1000 mm (+/- 200) for installation
  • 15 minutes of continuous performance
  • Non dangerous flow rate for the user (jet height between 100 and 300mm)
  • Valve operational in 1 s

Water quality

  • Potable water or water with a similar quality
  • No « contamination » due to the materials used in the construction of the system

Temperature

  • Hypothermia risk; recommended T° of 15°C (in annex)

Information to be provided by the manufact

  • Installation, operating and maintenance
  • Method and frequency of routine testing
  • On the shower: marking to identify the manufacturer

DIPHOTERINE® solution security showers

Principle > either mechanically wash or sufficiently dilute the substances to render them harmless

Flow rate

  • Minimum capacity established to 10l for the skin; any exemptions must be justified by effectiveness
  • Non dangerous flow rate

Solution quality

  • Innocuousness during the entire life time
  • Water or Solutions (if water, potable water quality or similar)
  • Solutions - Have to be sterile

Packaging specifications

  • Dependant on the type of packaging and the solution/weight and volume
  • Operational within 5s

Standard compliance specification requirements

  • Areas of effectiveness
  • Contra-indications and limits of efficacy
  • Protocol for claimed results
  • Installation recommendations

Effectiveness must be significantly proved in comparison with the water and the different amounts of alternative solution and, as such, it is left up to the manufacturer to prove its effectiveness.(Refer to the list of tested products and used method)

DIPHOTERINE® solution medical devices

Principle > Sufficient volume and protocol > for harmless decontamination agent (or temperature)

Flow rate

  • Minimum capacity is established to 150ml for the eye; any exemptions must be justified by effectiveness

Solution quality

  • Innocuous during the entire life time
  • Water or solutions (if water, potable water quality or similar)
  • Solutions - Have to be sterile
  • Non dangerous flow rate

Packaging specifications

  • Depend on the type packaging and the solution/weight and volume
  • Operational within 5s.

Standard compliance specification requirements

  • Areas of effectiveness
  • Contra-indications and limits of efficacy
  • Protocol for claimed results
  • Installation recommendations

Effectiveness must be significantly proved in comparison with the water and the different amounts of alternative solution and, as such, it is left up to the manufacturer to prove its effectiveness. (Refer to the list of tested products and used method)

ANNEXES & REFERENCES

Used reference for the standard EN 15154

  • Norme EN 420 on protective gloves
  • Norme ISO 3864 : graphic symbols : safety colours and features- Part 1
  • Norme EN 556-1, -2: medical devices sterilization
  • Norme EN 980: graphic symbols for medical devices use
  • Norme EN 1041: information on medical devices transfered by the manufacturer

> DIN - Deutsches Institut für Normung
– 12899-3 : safety showers in the industry
Sicherheitsnotduschen Im Labor – Standard on safety showers
> ANSI – American National Standard Institute
– Z 358.1-1998

Documents

Documents in compliance with the standard