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Battery and Charger Safety Training

Batteries are the new and improved source of power used in material handling equipment. They have a lot more advantages in certain applications over fuel engines. These advantages include quiet operation, zero emissions, lower maintenance, and compactness. Because of these benefits, batteries are being used in material handling equipment such as forklifts, reach trucks and boom lifts. With the increasing use of electrical equipment, it is important to learn about the safe handling of batteries and the charger.

This battery and charger safety training course is built to teach workers the best way to handle and recharge batteries and best practices in case of emergencies.

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Course outline

This course will cover the basics of batteries such as their cell structure and materials used for the different components and how batteries work.

  • Battery Basics
  • Charger Basics
  • Preparing for Charging
  • Recharging and Watering
  • Battery Acid
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Vehicle Inspection
  • How a battery and charger work
  • The safe practices for battery handling, recharging, watering, and cleaning
  • Personal safe practices
  • How to clean up acid spill
  • About simple exterior repair

Why do you need battery training

Hazard prevention
The most important aspect of using the batteries safely is preventing and identifying any hazards associated with the batteries. The hazards associated with the use and handling of batteries include electric shocks,  chemical exposure, and explosions.

Safe handling
Personnel working closely with batteries must understand the importance of wearing appropriate PPE when handling batteries and their components. Batteries should only be charged at designated stations.

If not handled with proper care, battery spills can cause serious effects on the health of workers. This battery training course is built to train workers in case of emergencies.

Duration and assessment of lithium battery safety training course

The duration of the battery safety course is 20 minutes. Upon successful completion of the course, trainees will be assessed for proper reinforcement of the information and provided with a certificate of completion. A minimum of 80% is required to pass the assessment. Trainees are also allowed to retake the test three times if the pass mark is not achieved on the first attempt.

A certificate of completion will be provided upon successful completion of the course for download and printing.

Select courses are also available with multiple language options. Take a look at the full list of courses we have available for Canada (English, Spanish, French) and the USA ( English, Spanish, French)!

Not ready for the Advanced Rigging and Slinging training? Basic Rigging or Intermediate Rigging options are also available.