Lift Truck Battery Safety
The huge industrial sized batteries used to run electric lift trucks should be charged regularly and correctly maintained. Safety procedures should always be followed when someone connects the battery to the charger. It is very essential to check fluid levels in the battery.
PPE - Personal Protective Equipment
Eye protection is vital for anyone working with a forklift battery. Complete protection includes goggles, safety glasses, or a full face shield. The right way to protect skin and clothing from other residue or leaked acid is to wear an approved apron on the body and thick rubber gloves on the hands.
Emergency Eyewash Station
Near the charging place should be an emergency eyewash post. The path to the post must not be blocked and an injured worker must be able to reach the eyewash station from the charging place in 10 seconds without running.
The charger and battery should be at the same amperage. It must be turned off when the battery is being plugged in.
Open flames are prohibited near a battery and charging area. Do not permit things such as matches or lighters to be utilized when an employee is checking the battery fluid levels.
The battery charging are also has to be properly ventilated. The recharging method can cause fumes to be released. These fumes are both explosive and toxic.