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OSHA REGULATION 1917.157 battery and charging

OSHA REGULATION 1917.157
(g) – Battery charging and changing
a. Only designated persons shall change or charge batteries.
b. Battery charging and changing shall be performed only in areas designated by employer
c. Smoking and other ignition sources are prohibited in charging area.
d. Filler caps shall be in place when batteries are being moved.
e. Parking brakes shall be applied before batteries are charged or changed.
f. (Does not apply to industrial batteries)
g. Batteries shall be free of corrosion buildup and cap vent holes shall be open.
h. Adequate ventilation shall be provided during charging.
i. Facilities for flushing the eyes, body and work area with water shall be provided wherever
electrolyte is handled, except that this requirement does not apply when employees are only
checking battery electrolyte levels or adding water.
j. Carboy tilters or siphons shall be used to handle electrolyte in large containers.
k. Battery handling equipment which could contact battery terminals or cell connections shall be
insulated or otherwise protected.
l. Metallic objects shall not be placed on uncovered batteries
m. When batteries are being charged, the vent caps shall be in place.
n. Chargers shall be turned off when leads are being connected or disconnected.
o. Installed batteries shall be secured to avoid physical or electrical contact tith compartment walls
or components