U.S. Energy Storage Association releases battery operational safety guidelines


The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) today published “U.S. Energy Storage Operational Safety Guidelines,” which provides energy storage businesses and users a compendium of codes, standards and additional guidelines to plan for and mitigate wide-ranging potential operational hazards.

This is the latest resource to come from ESA’s years-long effort to advance industry safety strategies, which culminated in the April 2019 announcement of an Energy Storage Corporate Responsibility Initiative (CRI) Task Force and Corporate Responsibility Pledge.  Currently, nearly 60 signatories have taken the safety and responsibility pledge, including dozens of companies that have contributed plans and guidelines to this latest safety and planning guide.

“The energy storage industry’s top priority is the safety of employees, first responders and our communities,” said ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman. “The ESA Corporate Responsibility Initiative puts our best experts together to create a library of vitally important educational resources on safety standards and guidelines to plan for possible hazards and mitigate risk. We’re proud to see dozens of industry leaders contributing to responsible management practices.”

As part of the CRI initiative, ESA has issued an Emergency Response Plan template for developers, operators, and host sites; a white paper “Operational Risk Management in the U.S. Energy Storage Industry: Lithium-Ion Fire and Thermal Event Safety;” and this newest “U.S. Energy Storage Operational Safety Guidelines.” Forthcoming resources will address reuse, recycling and safe disposal practices.

These CRI safety resources derive from dozens of meetings among industry, codes and standards leaders and other safety stakeholders in 2019 to share insights and strategies on risk mitigation, emergency response actions and end-of-life planning and recycling.

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