Battery Health and Safety


BATTERY ACID:
Can cause burns. PVC or other suitable hand protection, eye and face protection and protective clothing must be worn.

FIRST AID:
For advice, contact a poisons information centre (phone 13 11 26 in Australia) or a doctor at once. If in eyes, hold eyelids apart and flush the eye continuously with running water. Continue flushing until advised to stop by poisons information centre or doctor, or for at least 15 minutes. If skin or hair contact occurs, remove contaminated clothing and flush skin or hair with running water.

ACID SPILL RESPONSE:
Bund and neutralise spills with soda ash or other suitable alkali. Dispose of residue as chemical waste or as per local requirements.

IF ELECTROLYTE IS SWALLOWED:
Do NOT induce vomiting – give a glass of water. Seek immediate medical assistance.

EXPLODING BATTERY:
Batteries generate explosive gases during vehicle operation and when charged separately. Flames, sparks, burning cigarettes or other ignition sources must be kept away at all times. Exercise caution when working with metallic tools or conductors to prevent short circuits and sparks.

ALWAYS SHIELD EYES WHEN WORKING NEAR BATTERIES:
When charging batteries, work in a well ventilated area - never in a closed room. Always turn battery charger or ignition off before disconnecting a battery.