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OSHA Guidelines for Forklift Traffic on Dock Ramps and Yard Ramps

Loading ramps can be perilous places for forklift operation. So it’s no surprise that the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has quite a bit to say on the topic. Much of their advice is common sense, but it never hurts to have a refresher and a checklist of requirements for investing in dock ramps. Some of the more general requirements address ensuring a slow, controlled ascent or descent on the ramp. Here are a few specific requirements: 29 CFR 1926.451(e)(5)(ii) – “No ramp or walkway shall be inclined more than a slope of one vertical to three horizontal (20 degrees above the horizontal).” 29 CFR 1910.178(n)(7) – “Grades shall be ascended or descended slowly.” 29 CFR 1910.178(m)(6) – “A…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

TCLP Analysis: How Environmental Regulators Test Your Battery Wastewater

If you’re washing your forklift batteries (and you are washing them, right?) then you’re also producing hazardous waste. Battery wash water contains traces of sulfuric acid and toxic metals that the EPA regulates heavily. In order to avoid enormous fines and possibly even criminal charges, every facility manager should understand exactly how the EPA goes about determining whether your wastewater — and any byproducts of the treatment process — can be considered “hazardous waste.” So what exactly does the EPA mean when they use the term? Regulators consider a waste product “hazardous” if it exhibits one or more of these four characteristics: Ignitability. A substance is considered unacceptably flammable if it has a flashpoint that’s below 140° (60°). Corrosivity. Acids…more

Choosing Better Lift Truck Battery Management Practices for Cold Storage Warehouses

For cold storage facilities, accurate planning is critical. A difference of a few degrees can mean significant product losses, and a few inches of unused vertical space can translate to substantial operating inefficiencies. This is why most cold storage operations perform extensive calculations when choosing material handling equipment and infrastructure — a properly outfitted facility needs to maximize vertical space, match lift truck fleets with appropriate battery handling equipment, and manage safety while perfectly controlling temperatures. Temperature is an especially serious challenge for logistics managers when considering battery management practices. Many operations store different types of products at different temperatures; standard frozen foods might meet the Frozen Food Handling and Merchandising Alliance’s recommendations of 0℉, but some products such as…more

Bundle Up: Preparing the Warehouse for Winter

Winter weather can have a huge and costly impact on warehouse operations. Having a winter preparedness strategy for your warehouse will help your facility stay on track with safety and productivity. Top winter safety concerns in the warehouse include temperature control, infrastructure maintenance, dry surfaces, airflow, lighting, sealing and weatherproofing, and personnel care. We’ve compiled a list of area-specific winter safety tips to get you thinking about preparing your warehouse for winter. Planning Before bad weather hits, walk through the facility to evaluate potential risks. Create winter preparedness strategies based on problems in previous years and potential trouble spots. Stock winter safety items like de-icing materials, snow shovels, first aid products, fuel, etc. ahead of time. Make sure all personnel…more

The Weather Outside is Frightful: Winterizing Forklifts and Material Handling Equipment

Don’t let ice, snow, and cold temperatures freeze your operations. Winterize your forklifts and other material handling equipment to make sure your fleet is ready for the winter chill. Ensuring your forklifts, batteries, personnel movers, AGVs, pallet jacks, and all your material handling vehicles and equipment are up to the challenges of cold weather work will ensure your productivity stays at peak levels through the entire season. Batteries Test your battery performance before a deep freeze hits and weed-out any problem batteries to make sure that your strongest fleet is in action during this challenging season. Charge and store batteries indoors to shelter them from temperature drops and moisture. Check that any temperature compensation equipment on your battery charging system…more

Increase Efficiency in the Battery Room with Dedicated Operators

Your facility needs an on-site battery handling expert. Designate a Dedicated Operator to handle all of your battery change-outs and maintenance for each shift. Facilities with Dedicated Operators benefit from increased efficiency in their Battery Rooms. With a Dedicated Operator, your whole battery fleet will be used more evenly, maintained more reliably, and over-all operate more efficiently. What are the duties of a Dedicated Operator? Conduct all battery change-outs on a shift Manage which batteries are available for change-outs Conduct all Daily and Planned Inspections Perform all battery maintenance tasks and equipment repairs What are the benefits of having a Dedicated Operator? Accountability – Having a Dedicated Operator limits the number of personnel who may operate your battery handling equipment…more

4 Lift Truck Battery Fleet Mistakes You Can Avoid to Increase Efficiency during the Holidays and Beyond

Efficiency is always one of the highest priorities at any facility because it directly affects productivity. Efficiency is especially important during the holiday season when most companies face the greatest demands for productivity. Long hours, seasonal personnel, and high demand can really push a team to its limits. Is your facility ready for the holiday crunch? Here’s a list of 4 common mistakes that can leave your team in a lurch: Over/under use of batteries – Is your team using the same few batteries over and over? Are you struggling to get through a shift on one charge? Over using some batteries and under using others can significantly shorten the lifespan of your entire battery inventory. Even rotation of your…more

Technical Tips

Have a quick question? You may not always have time to talk through an equipment issue with BHS Technical Support. Check out the BHS Tech Tips, which are available 24/7. These short pieces cover a variety of battery handling concerns – from replacing vacuum cups to BE Planned Maintenance intervals to maintaining wash equipment. Tech Tips are your quick reference guide to the most frequently asked questions about use and maintenance of BHS equipment. Use them as talking points in your next team meeting to discuss Best Practices. Tech Tips go beyond the manual to provide you with dependable information based on real-use issues and are available whenever you need them.

Planned Maintenance for Battery Handling Equipment

Everyone knows that cars need regular, scheduled maintenance to keep running at peak performance, and battery handling equipment is no different. No one wants to lose valuable time and productivity when a machine is down. Keeping a regular schedule of maintenance will extend the life of battery changing equipment and help limit emergency downtime. Daily equipment inspections and Planned Maintenance will ensure that equipment issues will be identified as early as possible. The sooner a problem is known, the sooner a solution can be found, and the sooner a facility will be back at peak performance. Make it easy for your technicians to inspect your BHS equipment by having them use the BHS checklists to conduct Daily and Planned Maintenance…more