31.10. Batteries – Maintenance, Handling and Storage Requirements Checklist.

  • 31.10.1. Is appropriate PPE used when charging, maintaining, removing or replacing batteries?
    Reference 31.2.1

  • 31.10.2. Is ANSI Z87.1 approved eye protection with side shields worn when servicing, jumpstarting
    batteries or connecting or disconnecting a battery charger at the battery? Reference

  • 31.10.3. Do workers wear a face shield, splash resistant chemical goggles and chemical resistant
    gloves and apron when handling electrolyte? Reference

  • 31.10.4. Do workers wear acid resistant gloves, arm gauntlets, aprons, face protection and ANSI
    Z87.1 approved eye protection with side shields when handling vehicle or support equipment
    batteries, or working in the battery room or maintenance areas? Reference

  • 31.10.5. Are battery and charging system electrical components and systems de-energized and
    isolated from other energized circuits or power sources, unless specifically directed by a TO, before
    being worked on? Reference 31.2.2

  • 31.10.6. Do exit doors of battery shops/rooms swing outwards? Reference 31.3.3

  • 31.10.7. Are warning signs posted inside and outside the battery room prohibiting smoking, sparks,
    flames and warning of electric shock and slipping hazards? Reference 31.3.9

  • 31.10.8. Are battery chargers turned off before connecting or disconnecting batteries? Reference

  • 31.10.9. Do workers ensure battery chargers are turned off and disconnected from the input power
    source before performing work on charger plug contacts? Reference

  • 31.10.10. Does management ensure vented lead-acid and vented NICAD battery rooms have their
    own separate ventilation systems? Reference 31.5.3

  • 31.10.11. When removing a battery from a vehicle, is the battery ground cable(s) disconnected first
    to prevent the possibility of a spark? Reference 31.8.2

  • 31.10.12. Are mechanical lifting devices used on batteries that cannot be safely handled by two
    people? Reference 31.8.4

  • 31.10.13. Is jump-starting of vehicles only accomplished by qualified personnel? Reference 31.8.8

  • 31.10.14. Do workers adhere to the Note against connecting positive (+) terminal to negative (-)
    terminal and vice versa when jump-starting a vehicle? Reference 31.8.8

  • 31.10.15. Do workers exercise care when handling broken battery cases to avoid the possibility of
    acid-alkali burns from spilled electrolyte? Reference 31.8.9

  • 31.10.16. Do workers ensure the electrical circuit of the vehicle/equipment is open, the battery is
    unplugged from the vehicle/equipment and the brakes set or wheels chocked, before a battery is
    removed or recharged in the vehicle/equipment? Reference 31.8.12

  • 31.10.17. Do workers ensure the cover of the steel battery tray is kept open throughout the
    recharging period when an enclosed/covered battery is charged? Reference 31.8.13

  • 31.10.18. Is the contact surface of mating plugs or connectors on vehicles/equipment, batteries and
    chargers maintained free of pitting or oxidation to prevent high-resistance contact? Reference

  • 31.10.19. Do specialists follow TO guidance when troubleshooting aircraft electrical systems?
    Reference 31.9.1

  • 31.10.20. Are batteries not charged while in the aircraft, except as permitted by the aircraft TO?
    Reference 31.9.3

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