31.10. Batteries – Maintenance, Handling and Storage Requirements Checklist

Is appropriate PPE used when charging, maintaining, removing or replacing batteries? AFI 91-203 para. 31.2.1

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? AFI 91-203 para.

Do workers wear a face shield, splash resistant chemical goggles and chemical resistant gloves and apron when handling electrolyte? AFI 91-203 para.

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? AFI 91-203 para.

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? AFI 91-203 para. 31.2.2

Do exit doors of battery shops/rooms swing outwards? AFI 91-203 para. 31.3.3

Are warning signs posted inside and outside the battery room prohibiting smoking, sparks, flames and warning of electric shock and slipping hazards? AFI 91-203 para. 31.3.9

Are battery chargers turned off before connecting or disconnecting batteries? AFI 91-203 para.

Do workers ensure battery chargers are turned off and disconnected from the input power source before performing work on charger plug contacts? AFI 91-203 para.

Does management ensure vented lead-acid and vented NICAD battery rooms have their own separate ventilation systems? AFI 91-203 para. 31.5.3

When removing a battery from a vehicle, is the battery ground cable(s) disconnected first to prevent the possibility of a spark? AFI 91-203 para. 31.8.2

Are mechanical lifting devices used on batteries that cannot be safely handled by two people? AFI 91-203 para. 31.8.4

Is jump-starting of vehicles only accomplished by qualified personnel? AFI 91-203 para. 31.8.8

Do workers adhere to the Note against connecting positive (+) terminal to negative (-) terminal and vice versa when jump-starting a vehicle? AFI 91-203 para. 31.8.8

Do workers exercise care when handling broken battery cases to avoid the possibility of acid-alkali burns from spilled electrolyte? AFI 91-203 para. 31.8.9

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? AFI 91-203 para. 31.8.12

Do workers ensure the cover of the steel battery tray is kept open throughout the recharging period when an enclosed/covered battery is charged? AFI 91-203 para. 31.8.13

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? AFI 91-203 para. 31.8.14

Do specialists follow TO guidance when troubleshooting aircraft electrical systems? AFI 91-203 para. 31.9.1

Are batteries not charged while in the aircraft, except as permitted by the aircraft TO? AFI 91-203 para. 31.9.3


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Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.