Be safe around batteries

As with all potentially dangerous items, the golden rule is “if unsure – seek professional advice”

The following is a non-exhaustive list of good practices when handling secondary batteries.

  • Consult your vehicle, equipment and battery owner’s manuals for instructions and safety precautions
  • Wear approved safety glasses or goggles.
  • Wear proper clothing to protect your hands and body.
  • Make sure the work area is well-ventilated.
  • Remove all metal jewellery before working on or near a battery and never allow metal tools or vehicle components to come into contact with the battery terminals
  • Never lean over a battery while boosting, testing or charging.
  • Keep away from cigarettes, flames, sparks and other ignition sources – they can cause a battery to catch fire or explode.
  • Always shield eyes and face from a battery.
  • Do not charge or use booster cables or adjust post connections without proper instructions and training.
  • Do not allow battery electrolyte to come into contact with fabrics or painted surfaces. If battery electrolyte comes into contact with any surface, the surface should be washed down immediately with copious amounts of clean water.
  • KEEP BATTERIES LEVEL. DO NOT TILT.
  • Handles on batteries are for positioning only and not for carrying.
  • In event of an accident, flush with water and get medical assistance immediately.
  • KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN

Battery Electrolyte contains sulphuric acid, which cause burns to skin and eyes. We suggest you wear suitable eye protection and gloves when handling batteries.

Material Safety Data Sheets

MSDS: Dry Charged Batteries

MSDS: Wet Batteries

MSDS: Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) Batteries

UNPACKING A BATTERY

Ensure that you open any packaging on a flat surface and in a well ventilated area. Open the carton and remove any filling. Be very aware of any liquid in the packaging. If you suspect a spillage – seek advice immediately. DO NOT PLACE ON ANY SURFACES SUCH AS CARPETS, WOODEN FLOORS or SINKS, AVOID CONTACT WITH CLOTHES AND SKIN. Do NOT continue to unpack the battery and continue to avoid contact with skin, clothes, carpets, floors etc. If you have the fluid on your skin, you MUST rinse the affected area thoroughly. As far as you are able, check the battery for signs of any physical damage. If the battery has leaked, there will almost certainly damage to the battery box. If the breather plugs are missing, the fluid might have escaped from there.

HANDLING A PALLET OF BATTERIES

Ensure that the correct lifting equipment is used for handling pallets of batteries. Batteries are very heavy. Be careful not to pierce batteries with forklift or staker arms- If you do, alert the appropriate authority immediately. If you suspect a sillage or a leak from the pallet, alert the appropriate authority immediately. If a pallet is dropped from height- alert the appropriate authority immediately.