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The recent ban on e-scooters on Dubai’s metro and tram highlights a growing concern for businesses: the safety risks associated with lithium-ion batteries, especially when it comes to e-bikes and e-scooters stored and charged in the workplace.

While these forms of transportation offer eco-friendly commuting options as more and more employees use e-scooters to commute, businesses now face a new challenge: ensuring the safe storage and charging of these devices in the workplace

The Danger of Lithium-ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries power many devices, from e-scooters to laptops. However, damage, improper storage and charging can lead to fires, causing serious injuries and property damage. These fires can spread quickly and cause significant damage.

A recent report by the British Safety Council revealed a rise in fire incidents linked to lithium-ion batteries. This risk of fire and how to effectively respond to it is a new challenge for those working in facilities management, HR, and operations.

Practical Solutions for Businesses

Here are some key takeaways for businesses in Dubai:

  • Regular inspections: Conduct periodic inspections of charging stations and storage areas to identify any potential problems.
  • Educate employees: Train staff on the potential hazards of lithium-ion batteries and the importance of following safety protocols.
  • Develop a comprehensive policy: Create a policy outlining the safe use, storage, and charging of e-bikes and e-scooters in the workplace if applicable.
  • Designated charging stations: If you do have charging stations, make sure it is equipped with proper ventilation, fire alarms, and heat detectors.

Following the Lead of Dubai

Dubai’s decision to ban e-scooters on public transport reflects a proactive approach to safety. Businesses can follow suit by implementing proper safety measures to prevent fires and protect their employees and property.

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