FAQ's on Our Speakman Electronic Faucets & Showerheads
Have a question about your Speakman electronic faucet or bath valve? On our frequently asked questions page you'll find everything from warranty and payment information to instructions for cleaning a Speakman rainfall showerhead. Our detailed Safety FAQs will help you get the safest and most efficient use of your Speakman emergency shower products. Finally, see our Plumbing FAQs link for a detailed explanation of the features and benefits of Speakman faucets.< Back to FAQ Categories
How can I tell which Speakman Safety Product units are ADA compatible?
Speakman Safety Products offer a wide range of products that are adapted to meet the general ADA requirements. These items are identified with a wheelchair symbol in the price lists.
What are the ADA requirements for showers & eyewashes?
Neither the ANSI Z358.1 standard nor the ANSI A117.1 address ADA requirements for Safety Showers & Eyewashes. Current industry practice is to offer safety showers and eyewashes that are designed with the reach and accessibility requirements that are called out for drinking fountains and wash basins as detailed in ANSI A117.1.
Is the ANSI Z358.1 standard available from Speakman Company
ANSI Z358.1 is a Copyrighted document that is available from the International Safety Equipment Association: www.safetyequipment.org. Speakman Safety Products offers two pieces of product literature: "Safety Survey" and "Tips for Compliance" which provide a general overview of the ANSI Standard.
What are the minimum & maximum operating pressures for Speakman Safety Equipment?
The ANSI Standard requires that all eyewashes and eye/face washes are supplied with a minimum flowing water pressure of 30 psi. The maximum pressure for Speakman Emergency Equipment is 120 psi static.
What type of solution do I put in my portable eyewash & how often it be changed?
Portable eyewashes should be filled with potable water and Speakman SE-4210 water preservative. One 8 ounce bottle is sufficient to treat up to 21 gallons of water and will preserve it for up to 6 months. After a period of 6 months the unit should be emptied, cleaned and then re-filled with potable water and SE-4210 water preservative.
What is the difference between a stay-open and self-closing valve?
The ANSI Z358.1 standard for showers and eyewashes recommends that the activating devices for showers and eyewashes remain open once they are activated. A self closing valve is a spring activated device that requires a specific action to activate but will close on its own. This type of device requires the user to hold an activating lever while the unit is in operation and does afford hands free operation as required by the ANSI standard.
I have a hazardous/explosive area, what unit should I use?
Speakman Company manufactures several models of electrically heated showers and alarms. These are built to meet a number of different electrical classifications - Non-Hazardous, Class 1 Division 2 and Class 1 Division 1. It is dependent upon the user or specifier to indicate the environment in which the equipment will be used and what electrical requirements the equipment needs to meet. Speakman Company will not make recommendations on electrical classifications.
What is 10 seconds travel time?
The ISEA recommends the following for locating eyewashes and showers. Travel distance: The reference to a specific distance for placement of emergency equipment has been removed to place emphasis on the time that it should take to reach the equipment. Consideration to lighting and path of travel should be given. In no situation should it take more than 10 seconds to reach the equipment and it should be noted that such equipment must be located on the same level as the hazard and the path of travel shall be free of obstruction. At this time, the Secretariat is not recommending a specific measurement of travel relative to a 10 second travel time.
What is the OSHA requirement for showers & eyewashes?
OSHA is the regulating governmental agency for requiring the use of showers and eyewashes. The following is the OSHA requirement for these products: OSHA 29 CFR 1910.151, Subpart k, sec.c - "Where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick, drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use."
What is the relationship between OSHA & ANSI?
The OSHA requirements are a Federal Law while the ANSI Standard is a minimum performance recommendation.
What does FM mean?
FM stands for Factory Mutual which is an independent testing laboratory. FM certifies that Speakman Heat Traced Showers are manufactured in accordance with recognized plumbing & electrical codes. This certification ensures an end user that Speakman products are safe & conform to national codes. While many companies use FM certified components for their equipment, only Speakman Company has the entire unit certified for compliance. FM units can be serviced in the field provided that the work is done by a qualified electrician or plumber & that the replacement parts are genuine Speakman replacement components.
Since hospitals and other health care facilities do not allow aerated outlets on faucets, would they allow aerated outlets on eye washes?
This depends on the specific hospital and their design requirements. All Speakman eyewashes are available without aeration where necessary.