The main objective of this session is to make sure you work safely with batteries on the job. By the time the session is over, you will be able to identify battery hazards; understand how batteries work; charge batteries safely; assist in maintaining batteries properly; select appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for battery maintenance; and follow proper emergency procedures.
Why “Battery Safety” Matters:
The key issues associated with using batteries safely include battery hazards, battery charging, and battery maintenance. Although this session focuses primarily on the lead-acid large batteries used in electric lift trucks, backup systems, and substances, the same safety principles can be applied to smaller batteries used in cars and trucks, battery-operated cleaning and sweeping equipment, and even rechargeable power tools.
- There are a variety of hazards associated with batteries, especially large lift truck batteries.
- Charging should be performed only in designated areas.
- Appropriate PPE should be worn when working with batteries.
- Electrolyte spills should be cleaned up immediately.
- If you work with or around batteries, you should know emergency procedures in case of a battery-related accident.