New Battery System Standards:

do you have a plan if your battery storage explodes?

In order to help more employees get prepared for medical emergencies in the workplace, low voltage rescue courses are now being implemented across the country in industries where batteries are stored or worked on.

It’s also being encouraged for more workplaces to have portable defibrillators ready in case of a medical emergency occurring whilst on the job.

Read more about the risks involved when working around batteries and the need for new safety standards below:

The Facts: Battery System Standards

In December 2018, the Electrical Safety Office investigated a fire in a battery installation which caused significant damage to a home. It was discovered that the battery installation was of poor design which likely resulted in the fire.

There have also been multiple other fires in battery systems across the country. While such incidents are not an epidemic in Australia, they do highlight a need for consistent standards when it comes to the requirements for battery storage installations.

Designers and installers in Queensland have a duty of care under the Electrical Safety Act 2002 to ensure their battery storage installations are electrically safe. 

  • Requirements for safe installation of battery systems connected to power conversion equipment (inverters) for the supply of power to an electrical installation
  • A risk-based process to ensure appropriate installation methods are applied depending on identified hazards
  • Requirements for grid connected inverter energy system and standalone power system installations
  • Requirements if the battery system is constructed on site and used in conjunction with an inverter
  • Requirements if the battery system is a pre-assembled integrated battery energy storage system (e.g. a pre-built battery and inverter integrated in one equipment enclosure)
  • Requirements if the battery system is pre-assembled battery system equipment (e.g. a self-contained pre-built battery box to be connected to an inverter)

Ensure Your Workplace Is Ready:

Here at First Aid Accident & Emergency, we want to help workplaces and individuals ensure they are prepared for all types of medical emergencies—including in the event of a battery explosion or fire. This is why our team of first aid experts have developed our Low Voltage Rescue Course. This course is validated by the Electrical Safety Office and is perfect for those who regularly work around batteries including electrical workers, spotters and trade assistants.

To ensure you’re really prepared, consider a defibrillator or defibrillator pack for your workplace. Check out our online shop or view our complete range of first aid and CPR courses today.

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