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Regulations and Liability Regarding Third-Party Wastewater Transport

RCRA Compliance With Third-Party Wastewater Treatment Providers When battery-wash providers leave a facility, they can take sole responsibility for the wastewater they carry with them. While the language of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act does not make this clear, decades of EPA precedent — and the Agency’s own clarifications in the Federal Register — do. The RCRA governs the proper handling of hazardous waste from, as the Act has it, “cradle to grave.” The RCRA typically holds a single “generator” liable for disposing of hazardous waste according to EPA rules. But when multiple parties contribute to the generation of the same volume of waste, the situation becomes complicated. The runoff from washing forklift batteries is considered hazardous waste under…more

Choosing Lift Tables for Ergonomic Benefits

Industrial lift tables solve two major ergonomic challenges at once. First, they eliminate the need for manual lifts, a leading cause of workplace injury. Just as powerfully, they allow workers to position tasks within a comfortable range of movement. Together, these benefits can prevent the most common causes of musculoskeletal injuries in a variety of workplaces, from assembly lines to fulfillment warehouses. When business owners invest in mission-critical equipment, they need to know that these devices will perform flawlessly for years. But the market is flush with lift tables from competing manufacturers all over the world, and it can be difficult to judge relative merits at a glance. This paper will investigate the fundamental design characteristics that differentiate one lift…more

Assessing Seismic Standards for Forklift Battery Handling Equipment

In 2014, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) released a new round of Seismic Hazard Maps. According to these documents, the general risk of earthquake damage is far more widespread than previously supposed. Forty-two of the 50 states “have a reasonable chance of experiencing damaging ground shaking from an earthquake in 50 years,” according to a report from the USGS that accompanied the latest maps. Warehouse managers should pay attention to these findings. Earthquakes can be especially harmful to forklift battery rooms. Businesses that depend on electric forklifts must choose battery handling equipment that can withstand the force of an earthquake, even in regions that are not traditionally associated with heavy seismic risk. Identifying the most durable battery handling equipment,…more

Environmental Benefits of Forklift Battery Handling Equipment

The environmental advantages of electric forklifts have been well documented. Compared to their internal combustion (IC) counterparts, electric industrial trucks have extremely low emissions, and make virtually no contribution to global climate change at point-of-use. According to a recent report published in the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, eco-indicators (including carcinogens, respiratory inorganics, and carbon emissions) were nearly 48 times higher for LPG trucks than for electric forklifts. Environmental Benefits of the BHS Battery Room* Reduces energy consumption through right-sizing of fleet Extends forklift battery life by simplifying maintenance procedures Prevents loss of battery investments through breakage Harmlessly vents hydrogen during charges Collects and neutralizes electrolyte spills and drips Reduces battery room footprint, requiring less energy on lighting, heating,…more

Medical Waste Disposal: Safety Challenges and Solutions

Hazardous medical waste has a peculiar life cycle. Administrative and non-hazardous health care waste tends to follow the same pattern as trash generated in any industry; uncontaminated paper, glass, and metals should be recycled. Food waste, ideally, would be composted. Mundane garbage will end up in a landfill. But when we talk about “medical waste disposal,” the real question is how to handle the dangerous byproducts of life-saving medical interventions. And that life cycle looks very different than that of conventional garbage. In this article, we will study the flow of hazardous medical waste from generation to treatment for safe disposal, or, alternately, on-site incineration. The moments from generation to treatment of medical waste present the greatest risk to health…more

Compressed Gas Safety for Warehouses and Distribution Centers

Even veteran material-handling experts break into a cold sweat when faced with a shipment of compressed gas. Gas cylinders carry unique hazards, and employees must treat them more carefully than virtually any other material in the warehouse. To add to the challenge, gas containers are shaped awkwardly. They don’t fit onto pallets or typical racks. Good luck trying to pick them up with a standard forklift or a pallet jack. Without specialized equipment, inexperienced employees may give into the temptation to move gas cylinders in dangerously improper ways. The consequences of mishandling gas canisters are dire. In 2014 alone, pressurized containers caused 6,280 nonfatal injuries in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of those injuries, 1,700…more

Choosing Forklift Battery Fleet Management Systems: A Comparative Analysis of Fleet Tracker and NAB-2000

Lead-acid forklift batteries are the most reliable source of motive power in the industry, but they require strict management to operate at peak efficiency. Fleet managers must have a plan to care for their batteries, and to make that plan, they need data. A comprehensive battery room strategy covers every aspect of usage: tracking charges, choosing the best battery for every change-out, recording battery performance, timing cycles strategically, and keeping up with strict maintenance intervals. With all those moving parts, it is no wonder that the most successful forklift fleet managers rely on advanced software solutions to monitor their activities. But not all fleet management systems are created equal. There are countless options on the market, and cutting through the…more

Forklift Battery Handling Growth in Non-U.S. Markets: Developing Trends

It can be dangerous to make predictions in industries as complex and ubiquitous as material handling and global logistics; those who try to guess the future can end up with egg on their faces and nothing in their pockets. But there is a very convincing reason to believe that battery handling equipment will expand its reach in major markets across the world in coming years: The growth has already begun, and it shows no signs of stopping. Of course, every nation has a different view of dedicated battery handling equipment — and lead-acid forklift batteries in general. In Great Britain, these batteries are seen as an established and reliable source of motive power. In India, electric power is considered a…more

Forklift Battery Handling Equipment for Park & Charge Applications

Park & charge technology is touted as an alternative to the conventional battery room. In the warehousing industry, where square-footage translates directly into revenue, that claim gets a lot of attention. But without battery handling equipment, forklift batteries will eventually wither and fail, leaving fleet managers scrambling for costly replacements. It is true that park & charge strategies can greatly reduce the number of battery changes required to keep forklift fleets running. But that fact side-steps a more pertinent consideration: There is more than one reason to pull a battery out of a lift truck. In fact, there are many, and managers ignore them at their peril. In this paper, we will examine the industrial history of park & charge…more

Custom Steel Manufacturing from BHS

Every Machine Has an Origin Story. For example, the BHS Operator Aboard Battery Extractor, is a rugged vehicle that effortlessly carries forklift batteries — huge tubs of lead and electrolyte that weigh many thousands of pounds — from charging stands to lift trucks and back again, shift after shift. These powerful machines are the result of a marriage between three distinct elements. There are, of course, thousands of pounds of high-quality steel. But without excellent engineering, a sheet of stainless steel is essentially just a piece of scrap metal. The experience-driven designers at BHS are consumed with the long-term efficiency of their products with every decision they make at the drafting table. Once drawings are in place and materials secured,…more