The handling and transportation of scrap and car lead acid batteries falls under the Dangerous Goods regulations and Transport Canada regulations. It's important when we're handling scrap and car lead acid batteries that we wear the proper protective equipment: rubber boots, rubber apron, gloves, goggles or eye shield to protect us from any errant acid spills. It's important when stacking scrap pallets that they're stacked uniform. When we're stacking batteries, we want to start with uniform or common sizes on the bottom layer to give us a good base. In between the layers, we must have a protective layer of cardboard or something that's gonna prevent the battery terminals from protruding through the bottom of the case on the batteries above them.
It's important that, when we're stacking we begin with the even sizes on the bottom and stack the batteries tight together. As we build the skid to a maximum of three layers high that we put the odd or uneven sizes in the middle and top skids of the battery. This is going to give us a more stable skid that's not going to tip over or slump over when it's in transit. It's important when we're stacking scrap and car batteries that there's no leaking batteries on the skid or there's no batteries with missing caps. Again, it's important that once we get the three layers nicely stacked, tight together, and they're well-shrink wrapped. We want to go around the skid a number of times with a good shrink wrap. And then we want to ensure that we strap the layers of batteries. So we want to strap the batteries horizontally on each layer and then, vertically, both ways around the skid.
It's important that once the skid is stacked, wrapped and strapped that we put the proper dangerous goods markings on the skid. It's a requirement that a Class 8, 4 x 4 Class 8 sticker go on four sides of the skid of batteries. So, in addition to the four Class 8 placards on the skid of batteries, we need an overpack sticker. Again, it's a Transport Canada regulation. Once this is done before shipping, we need to ensure that we fill out the proper dangerous goods paperwork. This needs to be done in accordance with Transport Canada. So for more information on handling scrap, transporting scrap, markings or paperwork, contact your local Canadian Energy branch or territory manager for more information.