Three Things You Need to Always Keep in Mind While Handling a Forklift Battery
No matter what your warehouse is used for, it’s likely that the forklifts — and their batteries — are the main driving force behind its daily operations and functions.
But when it comes to the everyday forklift battery management, maintenance and handling processes of your warehouse, do you know if your workers and personnel are doing all that they should be doing?
To be sure, take a look at these three procedures and precautions that should always be observed when handling a forklift battery.
Never forget to wear protective gear.
Because forklift battery maintenance and handling is a highly hazardous process, none of your workers or personnel should ever go without wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling a forklift battery. Regardless of the battery transfer cart or battery wash station one uses, chemical spills are always possible. That’s why your personnel always need to wear goggles, gloves, aprons and other protective gear.
Keep it clean.
Forklift batteries contain chemicals that are constantly electrolyzing and producing byproducts that gradually build up on the battery’s exterior. The white sulfuric substance that leaks from the battery should be cleaned off regularly to keep the battery’s lifespan and ability to hold a charge maintained.
Always use the right equipment for forklift battery handling.
From a battery transfer cart to a battery wash cabinet, every warehouse should have the best equipment for handling forklift batteries properly. This is especially true when forklift batteries weigh as much as two tons — so having the right equipment is a must to prevent dropping the battery and causing injury!
When your warehouse personnel keep these essentials in mind, warehouse efficiency and warehouse organization will come easier than ever — and your personnel will be safer and more fluent in handling forklift batteries.