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It is important to follow OSHA regulations when working with forklift batteries. For example, what is the maximum number of feet an eye wash station can be from battery handling area?  A facility for quick drenching of the eyes and body should be provided within 25 feet of battery handling areas. It is important to put safety first when working with hazardous materials like acid. What are the other rules about forklift batteries and charging procedures?

If you have any questions after reading this, be sure to check the OSHA regulation 1926.441(a)


  1. Where is the best place to store industrial batteries?

Locate Lead-acid batteries in a well-ventilated area that also prevents fumes, gases or electrolyte spray from going into other areas.


  1. What happens without proper ventilation?

Ventilation is necessary to ensure diffusion of battery gases and prevent accumulation of an explosive mixture.


  1. What personal protection equipment is required?

Batteries contain sulfuric acid, a chemical that can cause severe burns. Minimal protective gear is face shield, apron, and rubber gloves. Also remove all metallic jewelry when handling and charging industrial batteries.


  1. Do I need a separate charging location for lead-acid batteries?

Yes. Charging should be done in an area specifically designated for that purpose.


  1. Where do I put the battery vent caps when charging the battery?

It is important that vent caps are maintained in functioning condition. The only rule here is to keep the caps in a place to avoid electrolyte spray.


If you have any questions on OSHA guidelines for forklift batteries and charging or related materials handling questions, please feel free to contact Lift Industrial Batteries at 877-246-2259 or email us at We will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

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