This Safe Work Practice (SWP) will provide YG employees with a set of guidelines or “Do’s and Don’ts” that have been developed to mitigate hazards associated with this work task, as identified through your workplace hazard identification process. All YG employees performing this work task are required to be trained, knowledgeable and competent.
a) Receive proper training prior to carrying out vehicle battery charging.
b) Carry out battery charging in designated well ventilated areas.
c) Ensure you understand the functions and operation of the charger, how to operate all controls and how to stop in an emergency.
d) Consult Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for Sulphuric Acid and ensure understanding of the content, prior to working on vehicle batteries.
e) Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as: safety glasses, rubber gloves to protect your hands from chemicals and protective footwear.
f) Use proper hand tools to perform the various tasks.
g) Inspect battery, connections and mounts for ware and damage.
h) Use a battery carrier while lifting or moving battery or follow proper lifting practices when raising or lowering battery into vehicle.
i) Clean terminals of both batteries so the positive “+” and negative “-“marks can be clearly seen.
j) Connect and disconnect battery with charger in the off position.
k) In the event of a spill:
- Put on specialized chemical resistant PPE as per MSDS.
- Secure the area with pylons and caution tape.
- Apply battery acid neutralizer over the area.
- Once the acid is neutralized, clean up area and put into plastic container for hazardous waste disposal.
- Notify Supervisor and fill out an incident report.
a) Do not overfill battery cells above level shown on the indicator. Use only distilled water to refill battery cells
b) Do not leave charger unattended overnight
c) Do not charge a damaged or frozen battery