Aug 31st 2023
WorkSafe warns about fire risks of lithium-ion batteries
WorkSafe is warning workplaces about the fire risks associated with lithium-ion batteries.
WorkSafe says lithium-ion batteries are used in many products including power tools, scooters, forklifts and electric vehicles among others.
“These products may be used, stored or charged in a workplace or an area under the management and control of an organisation,” WorkSafe Victoria said.
Lithium-ion batteries can catch fire if they are exposed to heat. “The fire is often hard to put out and the smoke from the fire can be toxic,” WorkSafe Victoria states.
The safety watchdog recommends ways to control fire risks associated with lithium-ion batteries including using approved chargers to charge equipment and restricting access to the charging area.
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