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In the event of a sulfuric acid/battery acid spill during forklift operations, employees should:

  1. Report the incident immediately.
  2. Neutralize the spill with soda ash or baking soda. Use one pound of baking soda to one gallon of water. Appropriate supplies should be near the charging area.
  3. Verify that the acid is neutralized by checking the pH with litmus paper or a pH meter. A neutral pH reading is between six and eight.
  4. Absorb neutralized material using clay or other absorbent material (such as kitty litter), if necessary. If the spill is very large, contain it with earth or clay dikes.
  5. Brush under the battery connectors and remove all grime. Rinse the residue from the battery with clean water.