125: What Powers all of those Safety Wearables?

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By Blaine J. Hoffmann, MS OSHM, Blaine J. Hoffmann, and MS OHSM. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

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Small and wearable electronic devices used in workplaces rely on a power source that stores a high amount of energy in a small space (i.e., high energy density). Lithium cells provide sustained power and often have the capability to recharge. When designed, manufactured, and used properly, lithium batteries are a safe, high energy density power source for devices in the workplace.

While lithium batteries are normally safe, they may cause injury if they have design defects, are made of low-quality materials, are assembled incorrectly, are used or recharged improperly, or are damaged.

RESOURCES:

https://www.cpsc.gov/th/Regulations-Laws--Standards/Voluntary-Standards/Topics/Batteries

https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/High_Energy_Density_Batteries_Status_Report_2_12_18.pdf?UksG80UJqGY0q4pfVBkbCuUQ5sNHqtwO

https://www.energy.gov/eere/articles/how-does-lithium-ion-battery-work

https://www.cpsc.gov/th/Regulations-Laws--Standards/Voluntary-Standards/Topics/Batteries

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