OSHA Instruction October 30, 1978 STD 1-11.4
OSHA PROGRAM DIRECTIVE #100-72
TO: REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS/OSHA
THRU: DONALD E. MACKENZIE Field Coordinator
Subject: 29 CFR 1910.178(g)(2); Battery Charging Stations for Fork Lifts
and Other Industrial Trucks
The purpose of this directive is to clarify the subject standard as
it applies to "battery charging" areas where power industrial truck batteries
are charged only.
2. Documentation Affected
This directive supersedes Field Information Memorandum #74-63 dated
August 6. 1974.
a. A representative from industry wrote and personally visited the
National Office to obtain clarification of 29 CFR 1910.178(g)(2) as it
applies to industrial truck "battery charging" stations not related to
changing and charging as described in the standard.
b. The visit was initiated because a Compliance Safety and health
Officer (CSHO), while conducting an inspection of a large warehouse under
construction, advised the employer that when he (the CSHO) returns to inspect
the facility at a future date, all industrial truck charging stations
throughout the facility would have to be equipped in the manner described in
29 CFR 1910.178(g)(2).
OSHA INSTRUCTION STD 1-11.4 OCTOBER 30, 1978
"Battery charging" areas where power industrial truck batteries are
charged only--no maintenance is performed, batteries are not removed from the
trucks and no electrolyte is present in the area--are not subject to the
requirement of 29 CFR 1910.178(g)(2). The charging areas shall be in
compliance with 29 CFR 1910.178(g)(1), (8), (9), (10), (11) and (12).
Personal protective equipment shall be used when and where
5. Effective Date
This directive is effective immediately and will remain in effect
until canceled or superseded.
Richard P. Wilson Deputy director, Federal Compliance and State Programs
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