Lift Truck Battery Safety
The power to operate electric lift trucks is provided by large industrial batteries that have to be charged frequently and maintained properly. Safety procedures should be followed when connecting the battery to the charger. It is essential to check fluid levels in the battery.
PPE - Personal Protective Equipment
Eye protection is essential for anybody working with a lift truck battery. Complete protection includes safety glasses, goggles, or a full face shield. The right way to protect both clothes and skin from leaked acid or other residue is to wear an approved apron on the body and thick rubber gloves on the hands.
Emergency Eyewash Station
Next to the charging area should be an emergency eyewash post. The route to the station should not be blocked and an injured worker must be able to reach the eyewash station from the charging area in 10 seconds without running.
The charger and battery must be at the same amperage. It should be turned off while the battery is being plugged in.
When near a charging area and battery, open flames are prohibited. Never allow objects like for instance matches or lighters to be used when an employee is checking the fluid levels in the battery.
It is essential to keep the battery charging area properly ventilated. The recharging method could release fumes. These gases are both poisonous and explosive.