How To Safely Handle Battery Acid Spills
There are several hazards involved in charging forklift and other industrial batteries. Employees responsible for charging batteries need to be aware of the hazards involved, and understand how to handle small spills.
Battery acid is diluted sulfuric acid, which is a clear, colorless liquid with an acrid smell. It’s corrosive and can cause severe burns.
In the event of a sulfuric acid or battery acid spill:
- Report the incident to your supervisor.
- Neutralize the spill with baking soda. Use one pound of baking soda to one gallon of water.
- The acid reaction is complete when it stops fizzing. Be sure the acid is neutralized by checking the pH with litmus paper or a pH meter. A neutral pH reading is between six and eight.
- Absorb neutralized material on clay or other absorbent material (such as cat litter) if necessary. If the spill is very large, contain it with earth or clay dikes.
- Brush under the battery connectors and remove all grime. Rinse the residue from the battery with clean water.
- Contacting local environmental authorities to determine proper disposal.
For more information about this topic, please see Handle Battery Acid Spills Safely by J.J. Keller and Associates (May 15, 2014).
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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