Industrial Battery Safety and Best Practices

Industrial Battery Safety and Best Practices

Understand the Importance

Industrial battery safety should be a primary concern in warehouse and distribution centers. Both people changing and maintaining batteries alike should be aware of the dangers that come with batteries as well as safe handling procedures and best practices. Not only are industrial batteries heavy (up to 4000 lbs in some cases), they also contain sulfuric acid, making them a workplace hazard on multiple fronts. A firm understanding of safety and best practices can improve up time and prevent accidents.

Be sure your employees that may be changing and maintaining batteries are thoroughly trained on the following best practices

Safety and Best Practices

  • Wear PPE

    Always wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when conducting battery maintenance. This can include, but is not limited to, gloves, face shields, and aprons.

  • Know where safety equipment is located

    Know the location of the eye wash station, fire extinguisher, and battery spill kit, and know how to properly use all three

  • Understand the fire risk

    Never smoke, use an open flame, or create an arc or spark near a battery as batteries produce flammable, explosive gasses.

  • Prevent accidental shorting

    Remove jewelry and don’t place metal objects on top of the battery. The metal contact can cause the battery to short circuit.

  • Conduct regular inspections

    Check the battery frequently for secure connections and damaged cables or connectors. Refasten any unsecure connections, and replace damaged parts.

  • Be mindful when disconnecting the battery from the charger

    Always turn off the charger before disconnecting the battery from it.

  • Promote proper cooling

    When charging, keep the battery compartment open for ventilation and cooling. This will prevent the battery from overheating.

Conclusion

Industrial batteries and chargers are used on a daily basis in warehouses and distribution centers making safe use of utmost concern. Post a list of best practices for battery and charger use around your facility as a reminder for people charging and maintaining batteries of the importance of proper use and handling. By employing best practices, your users will reduce the risk of an accident and will also increase uptime and productivity. For more information on batteries and chargers visit Liftpower.com/batteries/


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