Forklift Battery Safety
The big industrial sized batteries utilized to power electric forklifts should be charged frequently and correctly maintained. Safety procedures must always be followed while someone connects the battery to the charger. It is important to check fluid levels in the battery.
Personal Protective Equipment - PPE
It is important for employees working with a lift truck battery to wear eye protection. Other PPG include safety glasses, goggles, or a full face shield. The best way to protect clothing and skin from leaked acid or other residue is to put on 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 route to the post must not be obstructed and an injured employee should 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.
While near a battery and charging area, open flames are not allowed. Never allow items like matches or lighters to be used when someone is checking the fluid levels in the battery.
The battery charging place also has to be well ventilated. The recharging process could cause fumes to be released. These gases are both poisonous and explosive.