Multicell - The Battery Specialists
Call 01455 283 443
Northampton Branch Now Open | Formerly MIDLAND BATTERY SPECIALISTS | Relocated to 3 Monkspond Street, Northampton, NN1 2LF
Traction

 

FAQ - What are the Health & Safety Guidelines for Sealed Lead Acid Batteries?


< Back to FAQs

Health & Safety Datasheet for the handling of Sealed Lead Acid Batteries (VRLA)

The Sealed Lead Acid batteries supplied by Multicell International Ltd are totally sealed therefore do not present a hazard in the context of the COSHH regulations. Provided these batteries are not subject to physical or electrical abuse they are safe to use and will not present any health hazards.

We recommend the following precautions:-

Lifting
Due to the heavy weight of these batteries the correct lifting procedure should be followed.

Overcharging
Under severe overcharge Hydrogen gas may be vented, this may form an explosive mixture with air if the concentration exceeds 3.8% by volume. Ensure adequate ventilation and correct charging.

Physical Damage
The batteries contain Sulphuric Acid which is held in suspension and will not normally flow if the case is damaged. In the unlikely event of coming into contact with the acid flush immediately with water. If the acid comes into contact with the eyes flush with large amounts of water and seek medical attention immediately.

Lead
The battery terminals on larger cells contain lead. After handling the terminals on any battery wash hands with soap and water.

Short Circuit
Batteries contain a large amount of energy. Do not short circuit the battery even if it appears empty. When fitting batteries we recommend the use of insulated tools, especially spanners.

Disposal
Most local councils will accept Sealed Lead Acid batteries for disposal; they are treated as car batteries. Again ensure the battery terminals are insulated to prevent short circuits.

TRANSPORTATION OF VALVE REGULATED SEALED LEAD ACID (VRLA) AGM/GEL BATTERIES BY ROAD, SEA OR AIR
All sealed lead acid batteries are unregulated by DOT for transportation by truck, rail, ocean and air transportation because they meet the requirements of 49 CFR 173.159 (d).

The only transport requirements are:
1. The battery must be securely packaged in such away to prevent the possibility of short circuiting.
2. The battery and outer most packaging must be labelled NONSPILLABLE or NONSPILLABLE BATTERY.
All of our lead acid batteries are unregulated for air transportation because they meet the requirements of Special Provision A67 as promulgated by the International Civil Aviation Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). They also meet the vibration and Pressure Differential Tests of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) regulations.

Other Recognised Standards:
ISO9001
The quality systems have been recognised and registered by the Quality Assurance Corporate Registration System as conforming with ISO9001
JIS (Japan Industrial Standards)
Our sealed lead acid batteries comply with JIS C 8702.
UL Recognition

Our SLA batteries fall into UL 1989 (standby Batteries). UL 1989 requires that the battery is free from the hazard of bursting, that is, when the battery is overcharged the vent valve opens to release internal pressure.



Our Company
Home
About Multicell
Bespoke Design
News
FAQs
Testimonials
Links
Contact
Privacy Policy
Site Map

Industrial
Nicads
NiMH
Lithium
Lithium Ion
Alkaline
Emergency Lighting
Chargers

Sealed Lead Acid
AGM
Gel
Optima
Cyclon/Spiral Wound
Chargers
Accessories

Marine & Leisure
Flooded Lead Acid
SFL
AGM
Inverters/Combi
Chargers
Accessories

Automotive
Car
   Standard 3 yr
   Diesel 4 yr
   Varta 5 yr
   High Performance
Motorcycle
   Standard
   Sealed
Classic Vehicles
Chargers

Commercial
Agricultural
Horticultural 1 yr
Standard 2 yr
Varta 3 yr
Jump Packs
Chargers
Accessories

Traction
2v
6v
12v

Consumer
Zinc Carbon
Alkaline
Silver Oxide
Zinc Air
Lithium Primary
Rechargeable
Chargers & Accessories

BSI Registered
The data on this website gives a general product overview, for specific information please contact a member of our team