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. With offices and manufacturing facilities in the UK, USA, Canada, Germany and the Middle East, plus a network of authorised distributors worldwide, you’re in safe hands with Hughes Safety Showers.

Company details

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

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Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Health and Safety - Workplace Safety
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1968

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How an unfortunate accident led John D. Hughes to set-up what is now Europe’s largest manufacturer of emergency safety showers, eye/face wash and decontamination equipment.

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 an 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.

Joining the Justrite Family

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”.

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Hughes supply emergency safety showers, eye/face wash units and ancillary equipment to many diverse industries worldwide. Our products are designed to operate across all industries regardless of location, climate or local hazards. Whether you’re selecting and installing equipment on the advice of a contractor or making your own choices, you will always have direct access to Hughes.

Whatever your industry, find out how Hughes can meet your requirements:

  • Oil & Gas
    The quality and reliability of safety equipment is especially important when operating in the sort of conditions often associated with oil exploration and production. At sea or on land and in extreme climates around the world, operators often face a hostile environment that places additional demands on equipment.

  • Mining
    By its very nature mining is a dangerous working environment. Safety is a high priority in both surface and sub-surface extraction and Hughes offers a range of equipment to suit these working conditions.

  • Pharmaceutical
    A range of PPE showers has been developed for use in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Plant personnel who routinely handle potentially harmful substances require a quick and efficient method of washing contaminants from their protective clothing and equipment.

  • Waste
    For large sites and in remote locations Hughes has developed a variety of solutions. For example the mobile bowser showers with capacities of 1200 or 2000 litres can be filled with potable water by hose then towed to the desired location.

  • Food
    Hughes supply a wide range of emergency safety showers and eyewash equipment with models designed to meet the specific needs of activities ranging from raw materials handling, production and processing to laboratories, warehousing and distribution. Equipment design takes into account the working environment and the potential hazard in the different locations.

  • Decontamination
    Hughes has developed a dedicated range of decontamination products for the emergency services and military. They are primarily intended for use in the event of a major accident, disaster or attack involving chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) agents, but also have applications in the health service.

  • Manufacturing
    The complexity and diversity of modern industry has created a wide range of diverse hazards and working environments. In response, Hughes has developed an exceptionally wide range of products for personnel decontamination.

  • Water Utilities
    Many utilities companies choose Hughes safety showers due to their outstanding performance together with reliable operation and low maintenance – especially important in remote locations.

  • Engineering Primary Contractors
    EPC's are global businesses and a supplier partnership must reflect this. At Hughes, we have developed a highly responsive sales and support network that complements contractors wherever they are operating. Often we can match the needs of a single EPC across multiple projects in different locations. With internationally recognised product registration and approval, we an provide an effective solution for an EPC in all territories.

  • Sub-Contractors
    We provide specialist Sub-Contractors with help and advice on the selection, installation and maintenance of Emergency Safety Showers and Decontamination Equipment. Products have been specially developed for different applications and to operate in conditions ranging from desert heat to the frozen Arctic.

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Justrite is the leading source of storage, handling and security products including fire prevention safety equipment for hazardous materials, environmental protection spill containment devices, and specialized storage products. Since 1906 customers have looked to Justrite for innovative solutions to help protect workers, reduce fire risks, and improve productivity. 

Hughes joined the Justrite family in May 2016: “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”.

The Justrite products include:

  • Safety and Storage Cabinets - designed to store flammable liquids, corrosives, pesticides and other hazardous materials.
  • Safety Cans and Containers - offer safe handling and storage for flammable and/or hazardous liquids.
  • Outdoor Safety Lockers - promote safe storage, handling and disposal practices that minimize contamination of hazardous chemicals, while reducing worker exposure to hazards and injuries.
  • Spill Control and Environmental Products – including collapsible berms with drive-through capability, decontamination and washdown berms and drip/leak protection and storm water control.

To learn more about Justrite visit www.justrite.com