Batteries and the equipment for which they provide power fall within the meaning of “work equipment” and are controlled by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. Since batteries can present a risk to users and others, the requirements for risk assessment in Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 also apply.

In many cases, the hazards posed directly by batteries will not present a significant risk. However, this topic describes the circumstances (such as charging accumulators, accidental shorting of batteries and their use in flammable atmospheres) under which risks increase and how these can be controlled.

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