Warehouse efficiency and warehouse organization is something that depends heavily on the proper function of forklift batteries. And proper forklift battery management and use depends heavily on whether or not personnel are trained in the best procedures to ensure the best lifespan and performance of these heavy-duty batteries.
So how can you, as a warehouse owner or manager, ensure that all personnel know how to create the best, most efficient forklift battery changing systems? Check out these three things that should always be done for optimal forklift battery management:
Never handle a forklift battery without the right protective equipment
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is an absolute must whenever personnel are handling, charging or switching out a forklift battery. Forklift batteries weigh upwards of 2,000 pounds; they contain acidic, corrosive chemicals that are dangerous to both skin and the respiratory system; and one should never handle these batteries without the right protection. All forklift battery changing systems should include personnel who wear gloves, aprons, goggles, face masks and steel-toed shoes to protect against these hazards.
A major part of all battery changing systems is the equipment used to handle the batteries. Because forklift batteries weigh as much as they do, it’s important to use equipment that is in good condition and doesn’t have any parts in need of replacement or repair. This will help prevent both injury to personnel and damage to the batteries themselves.
The correct procedures for forklift battery maintenance
Forklift batteries cost thousands of dollars — which is why it’s extremely important to protect each of these investments and ensure they run for as long as they should. The average lifespan of a forklift battery is approximately five years — to make sure each battery lasts for this amount of time, be sure all personnel are charging the batteries correctly, watering them after each full charge, cleaning the batteries regularly and other essential procedures for preserving battery life.
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