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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

Comparing the BHS Wastewater Recycling System and the BHS Recirculation/Neutralization System

BHS offers a complete line of wastewater treatment products to safely process the runoff from battery washes. Depending on the volume of wastewater an operation generates — and the specifics of the given battery fleet — the most cost-effective solution will vary, but facilities of every size can implement an EPA-compliant wastewater disposal plan with equipment from BHS. BHS wastewater treatment products can be generally separated into two product lines: Recirculation/Neutralization Systems (RNS) and Wastewater Recycling Systems (WRS). Each of these categories includes a range of models and customizable options. This document will compare the two product classes to help administrators implement a wastewater management strategy that provides the greatest possible ROI — without running afoul of the EPA or…more

Choosing Between Powered and Manual Battery Handling Equipment

For large forklift fleets in fast-paced environments, powered battery handling equipment offers clear advantages over manual equipment, and more powered functions typically allow for a faster, more productive fleet. However, the decision is tougher for more modest fleets. Managers of facilities that only operate several lift trucks per shift must balance many factors to determine whether powered or manual battery changing equipment will provide the greatest returns on investment. BHS Carriage Systems BHS Operator Aboard Battery Extractor Systems provide extensive benefits to high-capacity applications, but side-extraction fleets that change out fewer than 50 batteries per day can often achieve peak efficiency with a BHS Carriage System instead. BHS Carriage Systems are a total solution for small-to-midsized industrial battery rooms. Battery…more

Comparing Hydraulic and Electric Power Sources for Forklift Battery Changers

Hydraulic power is frequently used for industrial lifting equipment, and the smooth linear force generated by hydraulic cylinders makes the technology a natural choice for machines that lift heavy loads frequently. Forklift battery handling equipment generally follows this tendency, and most of the machines at work in modern battery rooms use hydraulic circuits to provide their primary lifting force. However, as forklift battery handling equipment evolves, more mechanical systems are present within each piece of machinery. The most efficient battery rooms for high-throughput applications combine multiple tiers of charging stands with a heavy-duty Operator Aboard Battery Extractor, which moves both horizontally and vertically to change out batteries efficiently. With the introduction of multiple axes of movement, manufacturers of battery handling…more

Forklift Battery Racks: Roller Beds vs. Slide Strips

Storage racks for forklift batteries must accommodate extreme weights and corrosive conditions. Ideally, they should also facilitate battery change-outs, helping battery rooms to operate at peak efficiency. Racking systems contribute to efficient battery changes by limiting the force required to pull the battery into the lift truck. Dense, heavy duty rollers in the battery bed provide the smoothest transfers, while a flip stop at the lip of the rack can easily prevent batteries from rolling onto the floor. Some manufacturers install thermoplastic slide strips rather than rollers in their storage racks. This design has a few disadvantages. In fact, the benefits of roller beds are so convincing that BHS uses them in all of our battery stands, and we do…more