Hughes Safety Showers

Hughes Safety Showers is Europe`s largest manufacturer of emergency safety showers, eye/face wash and decontamination equipment designed to operate across all industries regardless of location, climate or local hazards. Established in 1968, Hughes has built a reputation for innovative engineering design, stringent quality standards and compliance with European and International standards. In 2016, Hughes joined the Justrite Manufacturing Co. family of industrial hazardous and environmental spill containment products creating a stronger industrial safety company to better serve our customers.

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Whitefield Road , Bredbury - Stockport , SK6 2SS Cheshire United Kingdom

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Health and Safety - Workplace Safety
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Globally (various continents)
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In July 1950, John D. Hughes MBE a qualified Mechanical Engineer founded J D Hughes Fabrications Ltd involved in the fabrication of pipework and pressure vessels along with the erection of pipelines and structural steelwork for the chemical and petrochemical industries.

Whilst working on various sites where chemicals were being manufactured, employees became aware of an absence of effective emergency shower and eyewash facilities. This deficiency was painfully highlighted when a Hughes employee, Charlie Gamble, accidentally stepped into a tank containing a sulphurous mixture, causing burns to his foot and leg. The only decontamination facility on the site was a domestic cast iron bath half full of stagnant, contaminated water.

From these observations, the company began designing and developing a range of emergency safety showers and eyebaths long before any of the current HSE/COSHH requirements or recommendations. In 1968, following a steady increase in demand for such equipment, J D Hughes Fabrications Limited began to specifically manufacture emergency shower and eyewash equipment and soon became the local leader. 

Towards the late 1970s, founder’s son Tony Hughes took over the business and drew upon his engineering expertise and own ideas to further create and innovate the company. 

May 2016 saw Hughes Safety Showers Ltd join the Justrite Manufacturing Co. family of industrial hazardous safety and environmental spill containment products.

“Hughes is a perfect complement to Justrite in both product and geographical fit. The two businesses create a stronger industrial safety company that will better serve our global customer base,” stated Mark McElhinny, Justrite President and CEO. “With our history of delivering quality products for storing and handling hazardous materials, it makes logical sense to enhance the offering, and with Hughes, there is no better way”

With a philosophy of only using the very best materials available, and building each Emergency Shower and Eyebath Unit to the highest achievable standard, Hughes products are widely regarded as the best available on the market with an expected lifespan that far exceeds that of the nearest rivals.

In 1992, accreditation to BS EN ISO 9002 and later to ISO 9001:2000, was further evidence of the Company’s commitment to quality. Through continuous improvement, the Company has now attained ISO 9001:2009 and continues to keep quality management as a key performance measurement in the business.

Various innovative products have been developed and produced by the Company over the years, including the highly acclaimed ‘Portaflex’ Decontamination Shower. This Portable Decontamination Unit is now used by the majority of fire brigades throughout the United Kingdom and a large number of emergency services worldwide.

To complement the Portaflex, a comprehensive range of Mass Decontamination Units has been developed for the emergency services and the military, as well as for use by the chemical, petrochemical and associated industries.

To simplify things and to avoid confusion for their customers, the Company was renamed, and in 1997 became The J.D. Hughes Group Plc, with multiple geographic trading companies as wholly or jointly owned subsidiaries including a manufacturing facility in Sarnia, ON and our sales and marketing headquarters at the heart of the oil, gas and petrochemical industries of America in Houston, Texas.

To support increasing business throughout Europe, Hughes Notduschen GmbH was established in Germany in 2000 to handle sales and distribution. This ensures a quick delivery at competitive prices to the growing European safety market.

In 2006, Hughes Notduschen were successful in attaining DVGW certification for over 25 products, confirming compliance to the new DIN EN 15154 (1+2) Standard.

Hughes Middle East, operating out of the Sharjah International Free Zone in the UAE was also established to provide valuable technical and commercial support to the Company’s local distributors and strengthen Hughes’ presence across the Gulf States.

In recognition of the significant and sustained growth in Hughes’ export business, the Company was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2006, one of the most prestigious awards made to British companies. The Company was once again awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2012 - Continuous Improvement and recognized specifically for the extensive investment in the United States.

The JD Hughes Group takes great pride in our workforces throughout the world and, in 2012, was accredited by the internationally recognized 'Investors in People' achieving the Gold Standard, one of only a handful of manufacturing companies to do so.

After more than 45 years and now with a burgeoning North American business and new award-winning products, the Hughes Group is looking forward to another great year supporting our customers and our distribution partners throughout the world.

It is impossible to place a value on the life or well-being of a trusted employee working on the company’s behalf in a hazardous environment. Yet, increasingly, businesses need to specify the best value components across all areas of construction. Emergency Safety Showers are now an essential requirement in industrial sectors throughout the world, with employee safety a priority on the agenda of all employers where hazardous materials are in use.

A little like an airbag or safety belt in a car, we hope safety showers are used infrequently, but when they are, they save lives, save eyesight and prevent serious injury on a regular basis.

But not all Safety Showers are the same. A Safety Shower manufactured by Hughes delivers the assurance of first class components, combined with excellent financial value which transcends global markets to be recognized as one of the best value solutions available anywhere in the world.

Offering excellent return on investment, the longevity and robust reliability of a Hughes shower installation is realised over many years of safe use and operation.