Battery Room Ventilation and Safety
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Webinar Title: Battery Room Ventilation and Safety
Webinar No: M03-201W
PDH Credit: 3
Presenter: Aleksandr Treyger, P.E.
Time: From 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM ET
This live webinar PDH describes the hazards associated with batteries and highlights those safety features that must be taken into consideration when designing, constructing and fitting out a battery room. It is only for reference and anyone using this webinar should rely on state and local codes that may apply. Advice on specific ventilation rates required must be sought from the battery suppliers.
It is common knowledge that lead-acid batteries release hydrogen gas that can be potentially explosive. The battery rooms must be adequately ventilated to prohibit the build-up of hydrogen gas. During normal operations, off gassing of the batteries is relatively small. However, the concern is elevated during times of heavy recharge of the batteries, which occur immediately following a rapid and deep discharge.
Often the worst case scenario for dangerous hydrogen accumulation is underestimated. But dismissing such a critical safety issue is not a safe or responsible way to deal with it. Instead, engineers should be prepared to face the likely possibility of hydrogen build up, clearly identify the conditions when the risk is highest, and design systems that protect us from explosive levels in a fail-safe way.
This 3 PDH webinar is intended for HVAC designers, architects, loss prevention engineers, facility maintenance personnel, environmentalists, energy auditors as well as consultants and contractors interested in gaining an understanding of cost effective ventilation.
This live webinar is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Describing the construction, function and operation of a Lead Acid battery
- Defining battery capacity i.e. ‘Amp Hour Rate’ or ‘Reserve Capacity’ voltage
- Explaining the differences between vented lead acid and sealed VRLA batteries
- Explaining the rules and regulations provided by IEEE, OSHA, NEC, UBC and DOT
- Determining the ventilation requirements for a battery room for hydrogen and fume extraction
- Describing the battery maintenance, testing and charging practices
- Describing the dangers and the Health and Safety precautions associated with the lead acid battery, its service, as well as its use and component material
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