Electrical Safety Tip: Keep Batteries Safe
Thousands of batteries are used every year at SLAC and range from AAA size to large system batteries in heavy equipment. Batteries store energy that is usually delivered to a circuit over a long period of time and can present several kinds of hazards.
- Batteries can contain hazardous chemicals and need to be disposed of as hazardous waste at a SLAC collection site.
- Some batteries produce gas when charging. Don't allow this gas to collect and make sure there is adequate ventilation.
- Batteries can burn or shock and working on them may require special training (Electrical Safety Training #274)
- Fluids from lead-acid (car) batteries can cause severe damage to the eyes and skin. Use proper PPE when handling a damaged or leaking battery. Manage material used to clean up a battery acid spill as hazardous waste.
- Short circuits cause a great reduction in battery capacity. To prevent short circuits in a battery, avoid overcharging and over-discharging.
- Battery charging installations may require an EEIP inspection.
Please use batteries safely and dispose of them as hazardous waste.
The Electrical Safety Committee