The Dangers Of Screw-On Eyewashes

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The Scenario

You’re an employer and you have hazardous material in your workplace. That hazardous material can come in the form of soaps, chemicals, cleaners and other substances that cause injury to the eyes and skin. OSHA and ANSI require that you install an eyewash at your workplace.

But here’s the thing, this stuff is confusing. If you’re new to selecting emergency equipment, a screw-on eyewash can be super enticing. They’re affordable, convenient and attach directly onto your existing faucet.

In theory, a screw-on eyewash sounds delightful. But as convenient as they may seem, screw-on eyewashes carry a ton of baggage that may result in costly citations.


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The Ultimate Father’s Day Gift And Surprise

Being a dad is tough. In addition to meeting all of your terrible high school boyfriends, driving you and your friends to One Direction concerts, and constantly being mocked for wearing totally practical fanny packs – your dad is expected to fix and install each and every item in the house.

Sure, dads love to feel needed, but don’t you think it’d be nice if for once, someone else stuck their hand down the garbage disposal? Or maybe someone else stomped out the spider crawling around the bathroom?

For this Father’s Day, we challenge you to not only give dad an awesome gift, but also set it up for him as a surprise. Our Icon Shower Head truly is the perfect Father’s Day gift. Featuring a solid brass construction, it’s perfect for dads who care about quality and durability. Plus it’s equipped with 64 ridiculously powerful sprays, so it will power wash the manliest of men.

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How important is going green in the shower?

The need to conserve water is important for two reasons: first, drought conditions exist in many areas of the US and the world; second, the amount of energy required to process water into potable water is surprisingly large.

The amount of potable water used in the US is staggering.  Take showering, for example:

Showering is one of the leading ways we use water in the home, accounting for nearly 17% of residential indoor water use—for the average family, that adds up to nearly 40 gallons per day. That's nearly 1.2 trillion gallons of water used in the United States annually just for showering, or enough to supply the water needs of New York and New Jersey for a year!” (EPA Watersense 2016)

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3 Easy Considerations For ANSI Compliancy

Let’s face it, selecting the right emergency equipment can become incredibly confusing. In addition to design and engineering considerations, you also have to be aware of ever-changing compliance standards.

ANSI/ISEA Z358.1, universally regarded as the standard for proper selection, installation, operation and maintenance of emergency equipment, provides truly in-depth regulations for every piece of emergency equipment in existence.

But as thorough as their information is, we’ve put together some simple considerations that should be addressed whenever you’re selecting emergency equipment. We welcome you to use this as a roadmap when exploring equipment.

Location Is Key

ANSI states that emergency equipment must be installed within 10-seconds travel time from the location of a hazard. While traveling to the equipment, ANSI also states that the journey must be free of obstacles.

Construction sites in particular can be very unpredictable and enormous in size. Plus with having limited access to water, installing emergency equipment within 10-seconds travel time from a hazard can be practically impossible.

Which is why we designed the GravityFlo Portable Eyewash to be placed practically anywhere on your worksite. Featuring a unique, portable frame – GravityFlo can be table mounted, wall mounted, shelf mounted, or even placed on the back of a pickup truck.

Learn more about GravityFlo here.

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The Seven Best Songs To Sing In The Shower

Singing in the shower is a global institution. The pairing is as universally accepted as peas and carrots, Bert and Ernie, and Han and Chewbacca.

Regardless of how horrific our singing voices may be, the shower gives us a platform to belt out our favorite tunes. The acoustics are flawless, the water relaxes us, and the privacy empowers us to let go and sing as if no one is listening. Hopefully.

But here’s the thing, it’s so easy to get lost in that magical, musical environment, you may end up spending a couple of extra minutes rocking out in the tub. So we’ve got a bit of a challenge for you…

Below, we’ve compiled a list of the seven best songs to sing in the shower. Whether the song is getting you jacked up for the day or simply allowing you to ugly cry out your emotions, these jams will do the trick.

Here’s the catch – we want you to hop in and hop out of the shower before the song is done at least once a week. It’s not easy, we get it. But the amount of water you’ll save will be momentous. Let’s rock out.

7. Megan Trainor – “Dear Future Husband”

Run Time: 3:20

Gallons Saved Per Shower: 17 Gallons

Gallons Saved Per Year: 884 Gallons

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Conservation Renovation: Volume 1

Hi! I’m Amy, a Product Manager at Speakman, I’ve spend the majority of my professional career with Speakman (8 years) and consider myself one lucky duck.  Why you ask?  Well it all started one day when I had to tell my boss I was moving, nope not down the street, or across the state line. Nope, Uncle Sam says we are moving from Delaware to San Diego, California. Here comes the lucky part: rather than getting a so long, farewell, goodbye, Speakman kept me.

So we move from the land of four seasons--plenty of rain, snow & sun--to the land of sunshine every day, no snow, and oh by the way, record breaking drought conditions.  So here is where I admit some facts. As a Northeasterner for my entire life (my husband as well) I have never had to be water conscious; even as a Speakman employee I didn’t have low-flow showerheads installed in my house.. The truth is in the Northeast United States, water is hardly ever in short supply and quite frankly water is not expensive.  On average each month our water bill for our home in Delaware was $35, for two adults, an infant and two insane cats.  The value of water didn’t enter our everyday thinking. If I forgot to turn the faucet off while I brushed my teeth, no big deal.


But now here we are in San Diego, and again I admit while I touch the water conservation movement every day through work, the gravity of the water shortage here doesn’t take full root in your mind until you spend some time here, see the signs, and talk to people.  I’ll give you a few examples:

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Furnace Creek Inn And Ranch Resort Case Study

A Sustainable Oasis In Death Valley

Furnace Creek Resort, situated in a lush oasis surrounded by the vast and arid desert of Death Valley National Park, California, hosts two hotels – the historic, 4-diamond, 66-room Inn at Furnace Creek and the more family oriented 224-room Ranch at Furnace Creek. With a commitment to legendary hospitality with a softer footprint, Furnace Creek operates with sustainability at the heart of its business.


Down and Drought

Death Valley averages less than two inches of rainfall each year. Yet even here, in the hottest, driest and lowest spot in North America, is a thriving desert oasis with areas of wetland habitat – the Furnace Creek Resort. In a place as wild and remote as Death Valley, water, though abundant at Furnace Creek due to the natural springs located nearby, is still a scarce and precious resource both on site and throughout the State of California. The last three years have been the driest years in California history and the end is nowhere in sight.

The Challenge: How do you deliver a superb guest experience while saving in water in one of the harshest environments in the country?


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HD Expo 2016

Each Spring, industry leading interior designers, architects, developers, purchasers and hotel owners gather in Las Vegas to attend Hospitality Design Magazine’s annual Expo. Established in 1992, HD Expo provides new and innovative ideas, encourages collaboration, and connects hospitality professionals together.

HD Expo is such an important event for us,” says Kristin Barclay, VP of Product and Marketing at Speakman. "We get to connect with past, present, and future customers; we get to showcase our new fixtures; and we get to collaborate with outstanding industry professionals on upcoming projects. It’s such an electric environment.”

Since the early beginnings of HD Expo, we’ve made the trek to Las Vegas to display our products and offerings to the hospitality community. And each year, we make it our personal goal to go just a little bit bigger and a little bit better.

HD Expo 2016 was no different.


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Meet the Lifesaver Emergency Shower Head


The spirit of our approach, in all honesty, is how well something performs. It inspires each and every decision we make. From conceptual design, engineering, development and testing – we are satisfied only when a product not only meets expectations, but exceeds them.

Our new Lifesaver Emergency Shower Head is no different. When we began engineering this fixture, our goal was for it to perform greater than any emergency shower head we’ve engineered to date. But in order to achieve optimal performance, we needed to completely rethink the way we designed equipment.

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Welcome To The Speakman Blog

For some, the bathroom is a place of solitude. A room to escape. The only part of the day when you can experience peace and quiet. For others, the bathroom is a work of art, each piece carefully considered to turn the space into a timeless exhibit. Regardless of how...

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