Batteries - Health and safety

Waste batteries are a potential source of ignition. The risk of short circuits and physical damage must be minimised. If an adverse reaction occurs in the battery container, the risk of escalation must also be minimised. The following control measures will help reduce the risks posed by waste batteries stored at your premises:

  • Ensure that batteries that can easily short circuit, such as those with both terminals on one side, have the terminals insulated with tape.
  • Ensure that any exposed terminals on any lithium based batteries are insulated with tape.
  • Ensure the batteries remain dry and cool
  • Ensure that other wastes (e.g. paper) are not put into the container.
  • Ensure that there are no exposed trailing wires that can cause short circuits.
  • Ensure that batteries are handled with care to prevent mechanical damage.
  • Ensure that the container does not present a tripping hazard or obstruction.
  • Ensure that the container is stored away from combustible materials.
  • Ensure that the above issues are addressed by an updated fire risk assessment.