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.
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- Health and Safety - Workplace Safety
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- Globally (various continents)
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Hughes Safety have been at the forefront of emergency safety shower, eye/face wash and decontamination equipment manufacturing for 50 years. Built on a solid foundation of design and engineering excellence we can provide customized industrial safety shower solutions to suit all applications, in all industry sectors and environments.
With offices and manufacturing facilities in the UK, USA, Germany and the Middle East, plus a network of authorised distributors worldwide, you’re in safe hands with Hughes Safety Showers.
Put the safety of your workforce first, choose Hughes.
Established in 1968, Hughes have built a reputation for innovative engineering design, stringent quality standards and compliance with European and International standards.
You’re in safe hands with Hughes Safety Showers.
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”.
Hughes supply emergency safety showers, eye/face wash units and decontamination equipment to many diverse industries worldwide. Our products are designed to operate across all industries regardless of location, climate or local hazards.
Select an industry focus and learn more about how Hughes can meet the specific demands of these customers.
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
Hughes are dedicated to producing high quality products that adhere to national and international safety and excellence standards. Find out more about our certifications and memberships below. Click on the logos to view the certificates.
British Standards Institute Membership
BSI is a business standards company helping organizations worldwide make excellence a habit. As an active member of the British Standards Institute, Hughes demonstrates a commitment to best practices and continually improving our performance and efficiency.
Hughes take safety very seriously and as an EN 15154 safety committee member we can help shape the standard, improve public safety, reduce risk and be at the forefront of innovation in the safety field.
ISO 9001:2015 certified
ISO 9001 is an internationally recognised quality management system and the only ISO standard that requires certification. Certification indicates a dedication to efficiency and quality leading to better quality products, improved reporting and customer communication and more reliable production scheduling for accurate delivery times.
British Safety Industry Federation Member
Hughes is the first emergency safety shower company to become a member of the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF), the UK's leading trade body within the safety industry. The BSIF is the major independent voice for the UK safety industry, recognised by both the Health and Safety Executive and the principal association for the PPE regulation. They have active input across Government departments putting them at the forefront of influencing legislation. Their work with Government enforcing agencies, standards authorities, safety equipment manufacturers, distributors, users and sector associations mean they are leading the way in educating and advising on topical industry issues that affect worker safety and health.
British Safety Industry Federation Registered Safety Supplier
The Registered Safety Suppliers scheme is designed to ensure that end users are only suppled with compliant, effective PPE equipment. The ultimate aim, via parliamentary lobbying, is to make the scheme the expected Safety and Health benchmark for product quality and compliance.
All Registered Safety Suppliers are independently audited each year by subjecting products to random testing for performance and compliance to claimed standards.
British Safety Council Member
The British Safety Council (BSC) is a global health, safety and environmental charity set-up to provide training, support, advice, events and networking opportunities to its members around the world. As a member of the BSC, Hughes work to achieve the goal that no-one should be injured in the workplace.
As a qualified member, Hughes help to develop best practice in the sector whilst shaping and staying in line with evolving standards and legislation.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Member
RoSPA is a registered charity that has been at the heart of accident prevention in the UK and around the world for almost 100 years.
ROSPA collaborate with large numbers of experts, ranging from individuals affected by accidents and their families to multinational corporations in order to meet their vision. In renewing our membership, we support RoSPA’s vision of a life free from serious accidental injury.
Investors in People Gold Award
Investors in People set the standard for better people management with an internationally recognised accreditation. Successful certification against the Investors in People Standard is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to sustainability.
Hughes has been awarded the prestigious Investors in People (IIP) Gold Standard - joining the top thirteen per cent of accredited organisations across the UK, demonstrating our commitment to high performance through good people management.