Northern California Engineering Contractors Association

Battery Handling Safety

We use batteries to power our cars, trucks, tractors, forklifts, construction equipment, and power tools.

There are different types of batteries.

For example, a lead-acid battery usually uses sulfuric acid to create the intended reaction. Zinc-air batteries rely on oxidizing zinc with oxygen for the reaction. Potassium hydroxide is the electrolyte in common household alkaline batteries. The most common electrolyte in lithium batteries is a lithium salt solution.

Because of these chemical reactions, if you handle and recharge batteries, you should use caution and follow safe work practices.

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