4123:1-5-21 Storage batteries.

(A) Battery charging areas shall be designated for that purpose.

(B) Employees shall be instructed that:

(1) When charging batteries, acid shall be poured into water; water shall not be poured into acid;

(2) When charging batteries, make certain vent caps are functioning: vent caps shall be kept in place to avoid electrolyte spray, and covers shall be open to dissipate heat; and

(3) Smoking and open flames are prohibited.

(C) In designated battery charging and changing areas the employer shall:

(1) Provide personal protective equipment as required in rule 4123:1-5-21 of the Administrative Code;

(2) Provide fire protection;

(3) Provide protection to charging apparatus to prevent damage by trucks;

(4) Provide adequate ventilation for exhausting fumes;

(5) Provide racks, when needed for support, made of nonconductive materials with dielectric properties the equivalent of dry wood or made of other material coated or covered to achieve that objective;

(6) Provide material handling equipment, such as a conveyor, hoist, or similar equipment, for handling large batteries, such as those used in electrically powered industrial trucks;

(7) Provide a carboy tilter or siphon for handling electrolyte;

(8) Provide signs prohibiting open flames or smoking.

Effective: 04/10/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/03/2010 and 03/01/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4121.12 , 4121.121 , 4121.13
Rule Amplifies: 4121.47
Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/86