Forklift Battery Safety
The power to run electric lift trucks is supplied by big industrial batteries that need to be charged frequently and maintained properly. Safety procedures should be followed when somebody connects the battery to the charger. It is important to inspect fluid levels in the battery.
Personal Protective Equipment - PPE
It is essential for workers working with a forklift battery to wear eye protection. Other PPG consist of safety glasses, goggles, or a full face shield. The right way to protect skin and clothes from leaked acid or other residue is to wear thick rubber gloves on the hands and an approved apron on the body.
Emergency Eyewash Station
An emergency eyewash post should be located close to the charging area. The path to the post must not be obstructed and a worker who is injured must be able to go to the eyewash station from the charging area in 10 seconds without running.
The charger should be the same amperage as the battery. It must be turned off when the battery is being plugged in.
When near a battery and charging area, open fire are prohibited. Do not permit objects like matches or lighters to be used while someone is inspecting the battery fluid levels.
The battery charging are also has to be correctly ventilated. The recharging method can release fumes. These fumes are both toxic and explosive.