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Switching from Liquid Propane to Electric Forklifts in the Produce Industry

In the mid-1990s, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) noticed an alarming trend. The state is the country’s largest provider of 11 types of produce, including apples, Concord grapes, and pears. In fruit-packing warehouses across the state, workers were being exposed to dangerous — and sometimes even poisonous — levels of carbon monoxide on the job. A major cause of this exposure turned out to be the operation of internal combustion (IC) forklifts in controlled atmosphere rooms, a mainstay of the produce handling industry. Ventilation doesn’t really work in cold rooms; they’re designed to hold in cold air, which also traps the carbon monoxide released by IC engines. Between 1994 and 1999, about 41 percent of the…more

What Type of Forklift is Right for Your Warehouse?

When it’s time to build a forklift fleet, start by choosing the right power source. The choice between electric and internal-combustion (IC) trucks is not just an issue of expense. It’s also crucial to running a safe business. That’s because internal combustion engines — whether they’re powered by diesel or by propane — emit carbon monoxide. This dangerous gas can accumulate in enclosed areas, poisoning anyone in the vicinity. Electric forklifts, on the other hand, have close to zero emissions, and they don’t produce any carbon monoxide at all. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other safety regulators recommend using electric forklifts in all enclosed areas. The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries is very clear about the…more

Battery Handling Systems Now Accepting Mobile Showroom Requests for 2017

December 19, 2016 – St. Louis, Missouri — Battery Handling Systems, Inc (BHS), a leading provider of battery changing and warehouse equipment, is now accepting Mobile Showroom demonstration requests for 2017. Requests can be submitted via a form on the company’s website at http://na.bhs1.com/mobile-showroom/. The company’s Mobile Showrooms are large trailers equipped with the latest BHS products and technologies. The trailers travel across the United States, providing dealers and their end users with a first-hand knowledge of BHS equipment functionality. “Our Mobile Showrooms provide an easy way to explore our products before making an investment,” said Katy Cortinovis, Marketing Manager at BHS. “They’re ideal for showing how superior battery handling and warehouse equipment can make a facility safer, more efficient,…more

Battery Handling Systems Announces OSH Compliance Resources for Canadian Logistics Industry

December 19, 2016 — St. Louis, Missouri — Battery Handling Systems (BHS), a leading manufacturer of battery handling and warehouse equipment, introduced several online resources for the Canadian logistics industry. Two new pages provide detailed information about OSH compliance, providing recommendations for battery handling and warehouse equipment in an effort to help facilities comply with relevant regulations. In Canada, provincial and territorial regulations can vary greatly, but the BHS web pages provide a detailed overview of the laws that commonly affect forklift usage, warehouse design and equipment safety. The new web pages are part of the company’s ongoing efforts to provide useful resources for its international client base. BHS offers similar pages for the United States, Turkey, and Spain along…more

BHS Mobile Showrooms Offer “Try Before You Buy” Experience, Boost Sales

Most people wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive. And most business managers wouldn’t invest in a new collection of printers without testing one out on-site. Across all industries, consumers show a strong preference for trying products before deciding to buy. Purchasers of forklift battery handling equipment are subject to the same consumer psychology, a phenomenon that marketing analysts call, appropriately, “the foot in the door.” That explains the sales bump that dealers see when they offer product demonstrations of battery handling systems. The most effective demonstrations give customers hands-on time with products. When potential customers get the chance to operate a BHS Battery Extractor in person, it’s easy for them to grasp the benefits. That’s why BHS offers…more

Choosing Electric Forklifts in Mexico: The Battery Compartment

The vast warehouse industry in Mexico continues to shift from gas to electric forklifts to reap the economic and environmental benefits associated with electric power. As electric fleets grow more common, warehouse managers must continually ensure that they configure their operations to be as efficient as possible. One of the most important choices when building a fleet of electric lift trucks is deciding between overhead and side-removal extraction for batteries. Overhead extraction requires that a gantry crane lift the battery vertically from the compartment and lower it on to a charging stand. A side-removal configuration allows battery extractors to slide batteries out along rollers into a cart or charging rack. While leading manufacturers of electric lift trucks offer both options,…more

TT-967: Operator Aboard Battery Extractor Swing Arm Damage and Repair

Models Affected: BE-SL, DS, TS, and QS models including “N” models Typical swing arm damage, likely causes, and proper repair. Description: The Battery Extractor (BE) swing arms support the vacuum or magnet arm as it rotates between compartments. The swing arms also house the vacuum or magnet components. Under normal operation and with routine maintenance the swing arms should perform without fail. Instances where swing arm failures are experienced could be the result of improper operation. The swing arms are comprised of a formed channel with a hub welded in place which fits onto the actuator shaft providing the rotation of the arms between compartments. The typical failure of the swing arms is a shearing of the weld or tearing…more

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

The Difference Between OSHA and NIOSH — and How They Work Together

Love it or hate it, every warehouse manager knows what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does. But OSHA isn’t the only federal organization dedicated to preserving the health of American workers. There’s also the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). So what’s the difference between OSHA and NIOSH? Why does the United States need two separate institutions that seem to have the same mission? The answers to these questions can help every warehouse manager understand the regulations that keep their workers safe. Here are the major differences between OSHA and NIOSH, along with the productive ways the two organizations interact to improve workplace safety in every industry: OSHA and NIOSH are divisions of two separate government…more

Tax Benefits in Mexico: Incentives for Forklift Battery Rooms and Warehouse Equipment

In recent years, Mexican policy has tended to shy away from tax breaks and corporate incentives. Where these benefits do exist, they are usually highly targeted, selective, and competitive. That said, there are a few tax breaks that can help companies in Mexico invest in battery handling equipment and other warehouse infrastructure. Be sure to research the following programs before making capital investments on equipment for facilities located in Mexico: Maquiladoras, or IMMEX The Mexican government created the maquiladora industry to boost manufacturing within its borders. Under the program, foreign companies — especially those in the nearby United States — can import materials to Mexican manufacturers, then export finished products, without paying import or export duties. The program also speeds…more