lithium-ion batteries

85% of organisations have no fire risk assessment for Lithium-ion batteries on site

Just 15% of organisations say they have conducted a workplace fire risk assessment to cover the risks posed by devices containing lithium-ion batteries (LiB), new research finds.

As reported by SHP, fire risk assessment for lithium batteries the data was gathered from over 500 organisations who were surveyed during webinars held by both IFSEC Insider and Firechief Global this autumn.

While 15% of respondents confirmed they had updated their fire risk assessments to cover the risk of LiB fires, 71% said they had not.

A further 14% were unsure.

Then, on the 15th January, insurer Aviva issued warning over rising claims related to lithium-ion battery fires.

They urged people to be “on their guard” after witnessing a 7% increase in customer claims across the past year in relation to fires started by lithium-ion batteries.

Which devices lithium-ion batteries?

Lithium-ion batteries commonly appear in rechargeable devices including smart phones, tablets, power tools, e-bikes and e-scooters.

Lithium-ion batteries are now firmly part of daily life, both at home and in the workplace.

You can find them in portable devices, electric vehicles, and renewable energy storage systems.

Lithium-ion batteries have many advantages, but their safety depends on the manufacturing processes, usage, storage, and recycling.

Safe use and storage

The CIP Construction Health and Safety (H&S) Manual includes guidance on the safe use and storage, and emergency procedures of Lithium-ion batteries. 

You can access the Manual online at www.cip-knowledge.com, along with it’s sister publication the Construction Environmental Manual, where you can register for a month FREE trial.

The H&S and Environmental Manuals, published by Construction Industry Publications (CIP), reflects the latest changes in legislation and guidance.

It provides businesses across the industry with a ‘one‐stop shop’ when managing health and safety and environmental matters during the construction process.

The H&S Manual incorporates guidance on the Building Safety Act, working at height, health, plant and machinery et al. Meanwhile, the Environmental Manual includes information on Waste, Ecology, Carbon, the Circular Economy and Social value.

Each manual is written by industry for industry to provide a concise summary of relevant legislation, along with practical guidance on how to comply with it.