At the end of November, SLU Security was informed that Kammarkollegiet will be tightening several conditions in its insurance policy for public authorities. These include requirements concerning the storage, repair and charging of lithium-ion batteries.
The changes are the result of the increasing use of lithium-ion batteries, and injuries that have been inflicted following fires they have caused. Eight out of ten fires start during charging.
The new conditions carry several implications and SLU Security is working to ensure that the university complies with the conditions in the insurance policy. Furthermore, SLU Security is collaborating with other higher education institutions to establish sustainable and reasonable measures that can be taken so lithium-ion batteries can be used safely.
The new policy will enter into force on 1 January 2023.
It states that:
In a bid to prevent or limit injury, public authorities must ensure that lithium-ion batteries used for means of transport such as e-bikes, e-scooters (motorised kick scooters) or similar and other lithium-ion batteries over 10 Ah must be stored, used and charged safely in a secure and/or dedicated space.
The space must comply with fire-resistance class EI60 or above, and be equipped with smoke detectors.
Now is the time for everyone to review their usage and charging procedures and adjust them if necessary. In order to limit the consequences in the event of fire, everyone must be made aware of the appropriate procedures.
Charge the batteries as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Place the battery on a non-flammable surface when charging and never leave it unattended, for example do not charge them at night while you are sleeping.