Battery Charging Room Codes & Regulations

Designing and constructing a Battery Charging and Changing Area requires considerable thought if it is to be both efficient and safe. In an effort to aid your design process, Multi-Shifter, Inc. has compiled a listing of various Web sites that deal with the following subjects.

Articles of General Interest | OSHA Standards | OSHA Standards Interpretations | Battery Room Ventilation Requirements

Articles of General Interest

  1. Codes Update for Battery Rooms: by Robert R. Robbins, Acran, Austin, Texas
  2. Codes Update for Battery Rooms - Article Continuation #1 : by Robert R. Robbins, Acran, Austin, Texas
  3. Know the Code : by Robert Wittemann, Yuasa-Exide


Standards - U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

  1. 1910.132 - General Requirements
    Personal Protective Equipment
  2. 1910.133 - Eye and Face Protection
    Personal Protective Equipment
  3. 1910.151 - Medical Services and First Aid
  4. 1910.178 - Powered Industrial Trucks
    See part 1910.178 (g) (6) - Standards concerning battery charging & changing area
  5. 1910.303 - General Requirements
    Electrical - Design Safety Standards for Electrical Systems
  6. 1910.305 - Wiring Methods, Components, and Equipment for General Use
    Electrical - Design Safety Standards for Electrical Systems
    See part 1910.305 (j) (7) - Ventilation of storage batteries
  7. 1917.157 - Battery Charging and Changing
    Related Terminal Operations and Equipment
  8. 1926.441 - Batteries and Battery Charging
    Electrical - Safety Requirements for Special Equipment


Standards Interpretations - U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

  1. 1910.178 (g) (2) - Battery Charging Stations for Fork Lifts and Other Industrial Trucks
    Re: Clarifies the subject standard "battery charging" area.
    Re: Safe distance as it applies to fire protection & ventilation for battery charging areas.
    Materials Handling and Storage
  2. 1910.305 - Wiring Methods, Components, and Equipment for General Use
    Electrical - Design Safety Standards for Electrical Systems
    Re: Interpretation of standards applicable to battery storage installations
    Electrical
  3. 1910.151 - Medical Services and First Aid
    Re: Instruction guidelines directive regarding eye wash and body flushing facilities required for electric storage battery charging and maintenance areas.
    Re: Quick drenching or flushing facilities in battery charging areas
    Re: Standard requirements for eyewash and shower equipment & other protective equipment
    Re: Clarification regarding the use of eyewash stations
    Medical and First Aid


Battery Room Ventilation

  1. Hydrogen Calculation Work Sheet : Calculate the amount of hydrogen released during the battery charge cycle
  2. OSHA Technical Manual - Section II, Chapter 3 : Ventilation Investigation
  3. OSHA Technical Manual - Section II, Chapter 3, Appendix II : Ventilation Primer