Forklift Battery Safety
The huge industrial sized batteries utilized to power electric lift trucks should be charged regularly and correctly maintained. Safety procedures should always be followed when connecting the battery to the charger. It is very vital to check battery fluid levels.
PPE - Personal Protective Equipment
Eye protection is vital for anybody working with a forklift battery. Full protection includes goggles, safety glasses, or a full face shield. The best way to protect both clothing 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 place must be an emergency eyewash post. The path to the post should not be obstructed and an injured employee must be able to go to the eyewash station from the charging area within 10 seconds while walking.
The charger and battery must be at the same amperage. It should be turned off while the battery is being plugged in.
Open flames are prohibited in the vicinity of a charging area and battery. Never allow objects like for example lighters or matches to be utilized while someone is inspecting the fluid levels in the battery.
It is essential to keep the battery charging place correctly ventilated. The recharging process could cause fumes to be released. These gases are both explosive and poisonous.