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Frequently Asked Questions - Ammonia Info

FAQs - Ammonia Info

Eye wash stations and safety showers must be immediately accessible to workers (See ANSI Z358.1-1998). The following summarizes some of the requirements:



  • Emergency units shall be in accessible locations that require no more than 10 seconds to reach.
  • The unit shall be located on the same level as the hazard.
  • The path of travel shall be free of obstructions that may inhibit immediate use of the equipment.
  • Where the possibility of freezing conditions exists, equipment shall be protected from freezing or freeze-protected equipment shall be installed.
  • Delivered flushing fluid temperature shall be tepid.
  • Each location shall be identified with a highly visible sign positioned so the sign shall be visible within the area served.
  • The area around the emergency unit shall be well-lighted.
  • Shut-off valves installed in the supply line for maintenance purposes, provisions shall be made to prevent unauthorized shut-off.

Maintenance and Testing

  • All units shall be inspected and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Plumbed equipment shall be activated weekly to verify proper operation.
  • Employees who may be exposed to hazardous materials shall be instructed in the location and proper use of units.
  • When addressing washing of eyes, training shall address holding the eyelids open and rolling the eyeballs so flushing fluid will flow on all surfaces of the eye and under the eyelid.
  • All units shall be inspected annually to assure conformance with ANSI Z358.1 requirements.


Always check the operability of the nearest eye wash and/or safety shower prior to performing any work that has the potential for exposure to ammonia vapor or liquid.

The information contained above is provided for a assistance only. It is based on generally accepted information believed to be accurate. However, Industrial Consultants, LLC, excludes any liability for any acts resulting from use of this information.

Alabama State SERC Contacts

Lee Helms, Co-Chair

Alabama Emergency Response Commission 
Alabama Emergency Management Agency 
5898 Country Road 41 
PO Drawer 2160 
Clanton, AL 35046-2160

James Warr, Co-Chair 
Field Operations Office 
Alabama Emergency Response Commission 
Dept. of Environmental Management 
1751 Congressman W.L. Dickinson Drive 
PO Box 301463 
Montgomery, AL 36130-1463

Alaska State SERC Contacts

Ms. Michelle Heun
Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
Alaska Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Services
PO Box 5750
Ft. Richardson, AK 99505

Phone: 907.428.7089
Web Page:

American Samoa SERC Contacts

Mr. Sili Sataua, Chief of Staff 
Office of The Governor 
Executive Office Building 
Pago Pago, AS 96799-9999

Arizona State SERC Contacts

Mr. Mark Howard, Executive Director
AZ Emergency Response Commission
5636 East McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85008-3455

Phone: 602.231.6346
Web Page:

Arkansas State SERC Contacts

David Maxwell, SERC Chair
Arkansas Department of Emergency Management
Building 9501, Camp Robinson
North Little Rock, AR 72219

Contact: Kenny Harmon
Phone: 501.683.6700
Web Page:

California State SERC Contacts

Matthew Bettenhausen
Acting Secretary
California Emergency Management Agency
3650 Schriever Ave.
Mather, CA 95655
Phone: 916-324-8905

Colorado State SERC Contacts

Colorado Emergency Planning Commission

Jack Cobb - CEPC Co-Chair
Colorado Division of Emergency Management
9195 E. Mineral Ave. #200
Centennial, CO. 80112
Phone: 720.852.6603

Greg Stasinos - CEPC Co-Chair
Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Dr. S.
Denver, CO. 80246
Phone: 303.692.3023

Tier II Submittals

Tier II Submittals 
Colorado Dept. of Public Health and the Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Mail Code: SP-B2
Denver CO 80246-1530

Connecticut State SERC Contacts

Mr.Gerard Goudreau, Chair Connecticut SERC 
c/o Ulbrich Stainless Steel 
One Dudley Avenue 
PO Box 610 
Wallingford, CT 06492-0610

Delaware State SERC Contacts

Honorable Lewis D. Schiliro
Delaware Department of Safety & Homeland Security 
PO Box 818 
Dover, DE 19903

District of Columbia SERC Contacts

Office of Emergency Preparedness 
2000 14th Street NW 8TH Floor 
Washington, DC 20009-4473

Florida State SERC Contacts

Thaddeus L. Cohen, AIA, Chair 
Florida Department of Community Affairs 
Division of Emergency Management 
State Emergency Response Commission 
2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard 
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100

Craig Fugate, Alternate SERC Chair 
Division of Emergency Management 
2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard 
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Georgia State SERC Contacts

Joe Tanner Chairman/Commissioner 
Georgia Emergency Response Commission 
205 Butler Street S.E. 
Suite 1252 
Atlanta, GA 30334-4910

Guam SERC Contacts

Mr. John Rosario, Director Civil Defense 
Guam Emergency Service Office 
PO Box 2877 
Agana, GU 96932-2877

Hawaii State SERC Contacts

Laurence K. Lau, Deputy Director 
Hawaii Department of Health 
P.O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801

Phone: 808.586.4424
Fax: 808.586.4444 

Idaho State SERC Contacts

Bill Bishop
Idaho Emergency Response Commission
Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security
4040 Guard Street, Bldg. 600
Boise, ID 83705

Phone: 208.422.5725
Fax: 208.422.3044

Illinois State SERC Contacts

Michael Chamness, Chairperson 
State Emergency Response Commission 
Illinois Emergency Management Agency 
110 East Adams Street 
Springfield, IL 62701-1109

Indiana State SERC Contacts

Patrick Ralston, Chairman 
Indiana Emergency Response Commission 
Indiana Government Center South 
302 West Washington Street, Room E208 
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2738

Iowa State SERC Contacts

Christie Scase, Chair Iowa SERC
Department of Justice
Hoover Building 2nd floor
Des Moines, IA 50319

Kansas State SERC Contacts

Gregory B. Gardner, Major General (KS), KSAGN 
2800 SW Topeka Boulevard 
Topeka, KS 66611-1287


Kentucky State SERC Contacts

Mr. Ronn Padgett, Executive Director 
Kentucky Disaster and Emergency Services 
100 Minuteman Parkway 
Frankfort, KY 40601-6120

Louisiana State SERC Contacts

Louisiana State Police
Post Office Box 66614 Slip
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Contact: Gene Dunegan

Phone: 225.925.6113
Web Page:

Maine State SERC Contacts

Mr. John Libby 
Maine Emergency Management Agency 
72 State House Station 
Augusta ME 04333-0027

Maryland State SERC Contacts

Adam Stolz
Deputy Director
Office of Emergency Management
1201 East Coldspring Lane
Baltimore, MD 31239

Massachusetts State SERC Contacts

Mr. Stephen McGrail, Director 
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency 
PO Box 1496 
400 Worcester Road 
Framingham, MA 01701

Michigan State SERC Contacts

Bonnie Fighter 
State Emergency Response Commission 
EMD/Michigan Department of State Police 
4000 Collins Road 
PO Box 30636 
Lansing MI 48909-8136


Minnesota State SERC Contacts

Kevin Leuer 
Minnesota Emergency Response Commission 
444 Cedar Street 
Suite 223 
St. Paul, MN 55101

Mississippi State SERC Contacts

Mr. James Maher, Director 
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency 
PO Box 4501 
Fondren Station 
Jackson, MS 39296-4501

Missouri State SERC Contacts

Mr. Bob Dopp, Executive Director 
Missouri Emergency Response Commission 
2302 Militia Drive 
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Montana State SERC Contacts

Mr. Tom Ellerhoff 
Montana Health Dept. Director's Office 
1520 East Sixth Avenue PO Box 200901 
Helena, MT 59620-0901

Nebraska State SERC Contacts

Tonya Ngotel, SERC Coordinator
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
1300 Military Road
Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: 402.471.7176

Nevada State SERC Contacts

Ms. Karen Pabon
Executive Director
2621 Northgate Lane #10
Carson City, NV 89706

Phone: 775.687.6973
Web Page:

New Hampshire State SERC Contacts

Christopher Pope,  Director
NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305

New Jersey State SERC Contacts

Col. Col. Rick Fuentes, Director
State Office of Emergency Management
Box 7068
River Road
West Trenton, NJ 08625

New Mexico State SERC Contacts

New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 
P.O. Box 27111 (Mail)
13 Bataan Blvd. (FEDEX/UPS)
Santa Fe, NM 87502

Phone: 505.476.9681
Fax: 505.476.9695
Web Page:

New York State SERC Contacts

Mr. John Gibb, Chairman
New York State Emergency Response Commission
1220 Washington Avenue, Building 22, Suite 101
Albany, NY 12226-2251

North Carolina State SERC Contacts

Mr. H. Douglas Hoell, Jr.
North Carolina Division of Emergency Management
4713 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4713

Mr. Randolph Harrison
North Carolina SERC Coordinator
North Carolina Division of Emergency Management
4714 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4714
Phone: 919.733.3327


North Dakota State SERC Contacts

Mr. Doug Friez, Director 
ND Division of Emergency Management 
Fraine Barracks Box 5511 
Bismarck, ND 58504

Northern Mariana Islands SERC Contacts

Felix Sasamoto, Civil Defense Coordinator 
Office of the Governor 
Capitol Hill 
Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands 
Saipan, MP 96950

Ohio State SERC Contacts

Cindy DeWulf, Co-Chairperson 
State Emergency Response Commission 
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency 
50 West Town Street/PO Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049

Phone: 614.644.2260

Nancy Dragani, Co-Chairperson 
State Emergency Response Commission 
Ohio Emergency Management Agency 
2855 West Dublin-Granville Road 
Columbus, OH 43235-2206

Phone: 614.889.7150

Oklahoma State SERC Contacts

Monty Elder
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1677
Oklahoma City, OK 73101

Contact: Tom Bergman
Phone: 405.271.1013
Web Page:


Oregon State SERC Contacts

Sue Otjen
Hazmat Services
Office of the State Fire Marshall
4760 Portland Road, NE
Salem, OR 97305-1760

Phone: 503.373.1540 x262
Fax: 503.373.1825

Pennsylvania State SERC Contacts

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council
c/o Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
2605 Interstate Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9364

Puerto Rico SERC Contacts

Mr. Carlos W. Lopez Freytes, Chairman
Environmental Quality Board
PO Box 11488
Santurce, PR 00910

Rhode Island State SERC Contacts

Irving J. Owens, SERC Chair 
c/o RI State Fire Marshal 
24 Conway Avenue 
Quonset/Davisville Industrial Park 
North Kingstown, RI 02852

South Carolina State SERC Contacts

Mr. Ron Osborne, Director 
Emergency Preparedness Division 
1100 Fish Hatchery RO 
West Columbia, SC 29172

South Dakota State SERC Contacts

Mr. Robert McGrath, Chair South Dakota SERC 
Dept. of the Environment & Natural Resources 
523 East Capitol 
Pierre, SD 57501-3182 

Staff Person: Lea Ann Smith 
Phone: 605.773.3296 

Tennessee State SERC Contacts

Ms. Rhonda Paxton 
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
3041 Sidco Drive (PO Box 41502)
Nashville, TN 37204-1502

Phone: 615.741.9907

Texas State SERC Contacts

Jack Colley
Texas Division of Emergency Management
P.O. Box 4087, MSC 0223
Austin, TX 78733

Contact: Jim Ogden
Phone: 512.424.5677
Web Page:

Utah State SERC Contacts

Dr. Dianne Nielson, Executive Director 
Utah Dept. of Environmental Quality 
168 North 1950 West, Rm. 203 
Salt Lake City, UT 84116-3085

Mr. Craig Deardon, SERC Co-Chair and Commissioner 
Utah Department of Public Safety 
4501 S. 2700 West 
Salt Lake City, UT 84119-5977

Vermont State SERC Contacts

Duncan Higgins, SERC Chair 
Agency of Natural Resources 
Dept. of Environmental Conservation 
Technical Services Section 
103 South Main Street 1 South 
Waterbury, VT 05671-0401

Virgin Islands of U.S. SERC Contacts

Robert S. Mathes, Commissioner
Department of Planning & Natural Resources
Cyril E. King Airport
Terminal Building, 2nd Floor
St. Thomas, VI 00802

Virginia State SERC Contacts

Michael Cline, State Coordinator
Virginia Department of Emergency Services 
10501 Trade Court Road
Richmond, VA 23136

Washington State SERC Contacts

Ron Wilson, SERC-LEPC Coordinator
Washington Military Department
Emergency Response Division
Building 20, MS: TA-20
Camp Murray WA 98430

Phone: 253.512.7069
Fax: 253.512.7207

West Virginia State SERC Contacts

Jimmy J. Gianato, Director
WV Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E
Bldg. 1 – Room EB-80
Charleston WV 25305

Wisconsin State SERC Contacts

Johnnie L. Smith, Administrator 
Wisconsin Emergency Management 
2400 Wright Street, Room 213 
PO Box 7865 
Madison, WI 53704

Wyoming State SERC Contacts

Don Huber, SERC Chair 
Fire Services 
200 Rohn Avenue 
Gillette, WY  82716

Phone: 307.682.5319
Fax: 307.670.2590
Web Page: