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This website publishes administrative rules on their effective dates, as designated by the adopting state agencies, colleges, and universities.

Rule 4123:1-5-21 | Storage batteries.


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

(B) Employees will be instructed that:

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

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

(3) Smoking and open flames are not permitted.

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

(1) Provide personal protective equipment as specified in rule 4123:1-5-17 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 "no smoking" and "no open flames" signs.

Last updated September 1, 2023 at 9:25 AM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4121.12, 4121.121, 4121.13
Amplifies: 4121.47
Five Year Review Date: 11/1/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/1986, 4/10/2011, 6/1/2016