Oil spills are hazardous — and while oil doesn’t present the same immediate threat as battery acids or other industrial liquids, oil can certainly damage equipment and create serious slip-and-fall hazards. Oils can also create serious fire and explosive risks. Of course, most industrial businesses deal with large quantities of oil on a regular basis, and spills are practically inevitable.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) plays a crucial role in keeping battery room workers safe. Lift truck batteries are typically refillable, and their electrolyte solution contains a dangerous amount of sulfuric acid. Contact with battery acid can cause severe chemical burns, but symptoms may not appear for minutes or hours after contact — acid-resistant PPE limits the risk significantly.