1) Proper PPE is required anytime batteries and their associated racks or cabinets are being handled.
2) Exercise caution when operating or storing batteries at low temperatures. Potential for electrolyte freezing may exist.
3) Do not handle cells during or after boost charge for 24 hours.
4) Always plan the battery arrangement before starting installation to avoid excess handling of the batteries.
5) The positive and negative terminal connections of a battery should never be terminated in a multi-cell unit. The positive and negative terminal connections of a battery must be from different cell containers to provide maximum isolation between the highest potential differences of the battery. NEC Prohibits more than 250 volts on a single rack.
6) Racks must be installed in a safe location for maintenance and away from radiant heat sources. Before batteries are installed, racks must be level and cross braces must be in place. All bolts must be tightened to specified torque values. Floor loading must be considered in the planning phase.
7) Do not place batteries on the rack or in cabinet until it has been completely assembled with the braces installed, secured to the floor and the bolts tightened to proper torque value. Otherwise, the weight of the cells may cause the rack or cabinet to shift and/or collapse.
8) Never loosen or remove braces from a standard loaded battery rack. Removal of braces can allow the rack to shift and collapse. Front restraining rails on EP racks may be removed to accommodate loading.
9) Never remove more than one brace on racks.
10) Never move or adjust a rack with batteries loaded on it.
11) Be sure flame arrestors are installed before making battery connections.
12) When preparing connectors for installation (flood cells) check to see if the hot plate has a thermostatic control. Exercise extreme caution, if not, overheating the grease could cause a fire. Do not use open flames. No-ox-id grease has a minimum flash point of 450ºF.
13) Insure connects are clean and properly torqued by measuring connections with a digital low resistance micro ohm meter. Loose connects will create heating and arching at the connection. This must be verified before battery is placed in service.
14) Thermoplastic cell containers should be cleaned with clear water only. Solvents or glass cleaners can cause damage leading to cracks and leaks which can cause a short circuit of the system.
Always have proper PPE (personal protective equipment) with you and a spill containment kit. Do not handle large telecom batteries by yourself!!
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Protective measures to be taken if material is released or spilled:
1) Wear proper PPE
· Acid resistant boots
· Chemical face shield
· Chemical splash goggles
· Acid resistant gloves
· Respirator should irritation occur
2) Remove combustible materials and all sources of ignition. Cover spill with sodium carbonate or other approved dilution/absorbent material. Make certain mixture is neutral, then collect residue and place in a drum or other suitable container. Dispose of as Hazardous Waste.
DO NOT RELEASE UN-NEUTRALIZED ACID!
3) If battery lead component are exposed, contain battery in a suitable sealed container to limit exposure to lead components and dispose of as hazardous waste. (Recycle)
1) Batteries and electrolyte must be disposed of in accordance with EPA, OSHA and DOT regulations. Recycling of batteries is recommended. Dispose of in accordance with local, state and federal rules and regulations.
2) Most Large telecom companies require CORs (certificates of Reclaimation) from approved EPA Smelters. We can facilitate this for you!