OSHA Battery Handling FAQs

Standards – US Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

1. 1910.132 - General Requirements

Personal Protective Equipment

2. 1910.133 - Eye and Face Protection

Personal Protective Equipment

3. 1910.151

Medical Services and First Aid

4. 1910.178

Powered Industrial Trucks

See part 1910.178 (g) (6) - Standards concerning battery charging & changing area

5. 1910.303 - General Requirements

Electrical - Design Safety Standards for Electrical Systems

6. 1910.305 - Wiring Methods, Components, and Equipment for General Use

Electrical - Design Safety Standards for Electrical Systems

See part 1910.305 (j) (7) - Ventilation of storage batteries

7. 1917.157 - Battery Charging and Changing

Related Terminal Operations and Equipment 

8. 1926.441 - Batteries and Battery Charging

Electrical - Safety Requirements for Special Equipment

Standards Interpretations – US Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

1. 1910.178 (g) (2) - Battery Charging Stations for Fork Lifts and Other Industrial Trucks

Re: Clarifies the subject standard "battery charging" area.

Re: Safe distance as it applies to fire protection & ventilation for battery charging areas.

2. 1910.305 - Wiring Methods, Components, and Equipment for General Use Electrical - Design Safety Standards for Electrical Systems

Re: Interpretation of standards applicable to battery storage installations

3. 1910.151 - Medical Services and First Aid

Re: Instruction guidelines directive regarding eye wash and body flushing facilities required for electric storage battery charging and maintenance areas.

Re: Quick drenching or flushing facilities in battery charging areas

Re: Standard requirements for eyewash and shower equipment & other protective equipment

Re: Clarification regarding the use of eyewash stations