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New BCI Study Identifies Difference in Blood Lead Absorption Rate Based on Particle Size

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, August 28, 2017

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August 28, 2017

CHICAGO ---     The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to research on workplace conditions and safety, recently published an independent study sponsored by the Battery Council International (BCI) that found that the airborne lead particle size observed in lead battery manufacturing and secondary smelter facilities significantly changes previously held assumptions about lead absorption rates.

While other studies have been conducted to investigate occupational lead exposure, the new study is the first modern study to analyse actual workplace lead-in-air data collected in the U.S. It finds that the lead in air at lead battery manufacturing facilities (BMFs) and secondary smelter facilities (SSFs) has a larger particle size than was previously assumed, which could dramatically reduce the rate at which workers absorb lead into the body. As prior studies have shown, the size of the airborne lead particle plays a significant role in absorption rates because particle size determines where and how much airborne lead is deposited into the respiratory tract and stomach and then subsequently is absorbed into the body. The study posits that this means that prior modelling efforts likely over-estimate the rate at which airborne lead would be absorbed by workers’ bodies.

The study is based on monitoring at nine BMFs and five SSFs across the country. The data showed the presence of predominantly larger-sized particles in the work environments evaluated, with average mass median aerodynamic diameters (MMADs) ranging from 21 to 32 µm at BMFs and from 15 to 25 µm at SSF. Data concluded that the presence of submicron range lead mass measured at these facilities was generally small, from 0.8-3.3 percent at BMFs and 0.44-6.1 percent at SSFs.

“Data collection of this kind is crucial to properly setting occupational exposure limits for lead,” said Mark O. Thorsby, BCI’s Executive Vice President. “This report introduces a new variable to consider when determining safety standards at battery manufacturing facilities and other facilities dealing with lead.”

Access the full report in Volume 14, Issue 8 of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, or read it here.

Contact:

Claire Sereiko
Associate Director of Marketing
+1.312.673.4984
csereiko@batterycouncil.org

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KPS Capital Partners Acquires C&D Technologies

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, August 24, 2017

On August 22, KPS Capital Partners, LP (KPS) announced its acquisition of BCI member company C&D Technologies, Inc. (C&D or the Company), a global leader in solutions and services for the utility, telecommunications, uninterruptible power supply, cable, broadband and renewable energy markets.

C&D manufactures, engineers, supplies and services fully integrated reserve power systems for regulating and monitoring power flow and providing backup. The acquisition will pair KPS’ capital resource and commitment to research and development with C&D’s growth initiatives.

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New 2017 Impact Report Puts Lead Batteries Among Top Five Performers

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, August 14, 2017

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August 14, 2017

CHICAGO ---     What do computers, lead batteries, household paper products, leafy vegetables and diapers have in common? Their sustainability, according to a new report released by The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), a global organization with a mission to help make consumer products worldwide more sustainable.

In July, TSC released its 2017 Impact Report, titled "The Call for Collective Action Across Supply Chains." In that report, lead batteries were one of only five consumer product categories that scored 64 and over (top score was 100). The elite club was singled out for high scores in sustainability key performance indicators (KPI's) developed by TSC and self-reported via survey.

The TSC report concluded that lead batteries scored high in the category involving worker health and safety, where the industry has invested in systems and technology. It also scored high KPI's in product stewardship and recycled content, demonstrating an industry-wide commitment to closing the loop.

Steve Binks, regulatory affairs director with the International Lead Association (ILA), said it's re-assuring that an organization such as TSC has recognised lead batteries for their sustainability credentials.

"No other energy storage system can achieve the 99 percent collection and recycling rate or the high recycled content of a lead battery." He added that lead batteries continue to advance, meeting the world's changing energy needs.

"Lead batteries are critical for many green technologies, such as hybrid and electric vehicles, and to store and optimize renewable energy. They are truly an essential, innovative and sustainable product that powers and protects our way of life."

ILA members provide a critical role in this sustainability success story by ensuring that every used lead battery is collected and recycled to produce materials that can be used to make a new battery. Download TSC's 2017 Impact Report at www.sustainabilityconsortium.org. Watch this video to learn more about how lead batteries have become the most recycled consumer product in the United States.

Contact:

Claire Sereiko
Associate Director of Marketing
+1.312.673.4984
csereiko@batterycouncil.org

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Download the Battery Service Manual 14th Edition

Posted By BCI Headquarters , Monday, July 31, 2017

The 14th edition of the Battery Service Manual is now available as a downloadable PDF in the BCI Store. The new edition has been simplified to provide the high-level basics you need when determining required batteries. Other updates on the 14th edition include:

  • New vehicle applications, such as start-stop
  • Contemporary battery designs, for example the enhanced flooded battery
  • Growing label rating methods, namely 20-hour

Member Price: $6.00
Non-Member Price: $10.00

For a limited time only! Receive 50% off the printed 13th edition Battery Service Manual*. This means BCI members can purchase the manual for only $5.00.  

To purchase other manuals, such as the Battery Technical Manual or the Battery Labeling Manual, visit the BCI Store.

*While supplies last

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Battery Council International Seeking Director of Strategic Communications

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, June 29, 2017

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June 29, 2017

CHICAGO – Battery Council International (BCI) is seeking a talented individual for the role of Director of Strategic Communications. The Director will be responsible for the strategic planning, execution and reporting of the Advancing Lead Batteries Communications Initiative and other initiatives in support of the lead battery industry. The goal of the Advancing Lead Batteries Communications Initiative is to enhance the perceptions of the lead battery industry, so policymakers better understand how lead is used in the manufacturing of lead batteries and recognize the importance of lead batteries in our everyday lives. The Director will manage the work of a public affairs agency and work in conjunction with them to develop and execute the initiatives of the Advancing Lead Batteries Communication Initiative.

Qualifications include:

  • 7+ years managing multi-disciplined marketing and communications efforts, either in-house or for a public affairs firm, federal/state agency, trade association, corporation, media outlet or on Capitol Hill
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and skill in conflict resolution, creativity/innovation, decision making, group presentations, group process facilitation, influence, interpersonal relations, oral communication, problem solving, team collaboration, project management and written communication
  • BA/BS degree in Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations, Communications or related field

There is opportunity for the Director to be based out of the Chicago or Washington D.C. offices. To learn more about this position and apply, contact Kate Winter at KWinter@smithbucklin.com.

Contact:

Kate Winter
Director of Talent Acquisition
312.673.5932
KWinter@smithbucklin.com

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Lead and lead battery industries announce ambitious new targets to protect workers

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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June 15, 2017

BRUSSELS - Battery Council International (BCI), EUROBAT and the International Lead Association (ILA), have announced a new voluntary target to protect worker health in the lead producing and battery manufacturing and recycling industries.

Significant improvements have already been recorded in the now completed three-year voluntary programme to reduce worker blood lead levels to below 30mcg/dL (microgrammes per deciliter) and the new target of 20mcg/dL will reduce the level of lead in blood of employees still further – BCI represents battery manufacturers in North America, EUROBAT in Europe, Africa and the Middle East and ILA represents lead producers principally in Europe and North America.

The lead battery manufacturers aim to achieve the 20mcg/dL target by the end of 2025 and have established an interim milestone of 25mcg/dL by the end of 2019, while lead producers are committed to achieving the target of 20 mcg/dl as soon as reasonably practicable.

The new voluntary employee lead exposure reduction target of 20mcg/dL announced by EUROBAT today goes way beyond the current European binding limit value of 70mcg/dL and highlights why we requested that DG Employment make revision of the existing regulatory limit a priority. In 2019, lead battery manufacturers will review if the target of 20 µg/dl can be achieved even faster. The European lead battery manufacturing industry is committed to ensuring that its workforce is protected from workplace risks and to delivering a quality product that is essential to today’s transportation and energy storage needs,” said Rene Schroeder, Executive Director of EUROBAT.

ILA Managing Director, Andy Bush, said: “The acknowledged benefits of lead batteries supported by the commitment of the lead and battery manufacturing and recycling industry to go beyond regulatory compliance in protecting its employees and the environment will help secure predicted market dominance of lead batteries in many applications for the foreseeable future.”

The major step taken today to improve the protection of workers is made possible by improvements in manufacturing process technology, employee education programmes and a commitment from the lead and lead battery sector to make the continuous reduction of employee lead exposure a priority.

Mark Thorsby, Executive Vice-President of BCI, acknowledged that the formation of a strategic alliance in 2016 between BCI, EUROBAT and ILA was a major driver in being able to obtain the commitment to an ambitious joint blood lead reduction target. “In the USA we embarked on our voluntary compliance program over 20 years ago and to be able to announce a very ambitious new target across Associations representing the lead battery value chain in several regions will not only benefit the wellbeing of employees and but also help support the future sustainability of the global lead battery industry,” he said.

In transportation, more than a billion vehicles worldwide use lead batteries to start their engines and power on-board electronics. All fuel-efficient hybrid and fully electric vehicles also require advanced lead batteries in conjunction with other battery technologies. Collectively, the new generation of start-stop vehicles that use an advanced lead battery will continue to provide significant fuel savings.

Within the energy sector, lead batteries store renewable energy generated by cleaner, greener sources like wind and solar. These industrial lead batteries are the world’s most scalable, economic way to load the grid and reliably supply emergency back-up power during outages. This ensures critical medical, data and security services continue to operate.

These attributes, coupled with the fact that in the United States and in Europe more than 99% of lead-based batteries are collected and recycled to produce new batteries, makes them the most sustainable as well as a safe and lowest cost solution to the planets energy storage needs.

Contact:

EUROBAT
Rene Schroeder
+32 2 761 1653
rschroeder@eurobat.org

Battery Council International
Claire Sereiko
+1.312.673.4984
csereiko@batterycouncil.org

International Lead Association
Bob Tolliday
+44 (0) 20 7833 8090
tolliday@ila-lead.org

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Wiley Rein in Your Inbox

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Updated: Thursday, June 22, 2017

The June 2017 issue of BCI's Regulatory and Legislative Update compiled by David Weinberg and his team at Wiley Rein, LLP is now available. In an effort to keep all members up to date and informed on the current regulatory and legislative issues of the lead battery industry, BCI is expanding the distribution of this update to include all employees at BCI member companies. Monthly issues are distributed to members by email.

Past Wiley Rein issues may be found in the For Members section of the BCI website.

If you are a member of BCI or an employee at a BCI member company and did not receive this update in your inbox, please contact BCI Headquarters at (312) 245-1074 or info@batterycouncil.org.

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What is Source BCI?

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, June 15, 2017
Updated: Thursday, June 22, 2017

BCI provides a comprehensive set of battery data through the annual Battery Replacement Data Book. Source BCI, the digital version of the Data Book, includes over 75 years of data for more than 160,000 vehicles.

It's easier than ever to search for the battery you need. Filter by vehicle category and find the BCI group number, OEM rating information and more all in one convenient location. You can also find information on powersports numbers, BCI/DIN/EN reference and BCI/JIL reference.

To purchase a subscription code or hard copy Data Book, visit the BCI Store.

Need some help using Source BCI? BCI has created a series of "How To" videos to help you easily browse Source BCI. View the videos below and start accessing the data you need.

The "New Source BCI User" video is designed to simplify account setup and data browsing.

If you already have an account and cannot log in due to an expired subscription code, review the "Current User" video.

If you forgot your username or password and are unable to gain access into your account, reference the "Forgot Your Username or Password?" video.

Questions? Contact info@batterycouncil.org.

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For Immediate Release: Battery Council International Releases Lead Battery Recycling Video

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Saturday, February 18, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2017

CHICAGO, IL, USA - What would the world look like without lead batteries? Today, February 18 is National Battery Day, and to increase awareness on lead batteries, Battery Council International (BCI) has released a video featuring the recycling of a lead battery's primary components: lead, plastic and acid. According to figures provided in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report, 99% of lead batteries are recycled, making them the most recycled consumer good in the United States. The new BCI video details the process a used battery undergoes once it is returned to the retailer.

"The lead, plastic and acid are isolated from one another at an EPA regulated facility, and through a multi-step recycling process, these components become new lead batteries. This unique process allows consumers to purchase a product that is both economically and environmentally favorable," says Mark Thorsby, Executive Vice President of BCI.

Lead batteries serve many purposes. The most well-known purpose is to start vehicles such as automobiles, trucks, lawn and garden equipment, snow and water sport vehicles, motorcycles and golf carts. But, lead batteries also make possible the "start-stop" vehicle control systems that are helping vehicle manufacturers meet Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards and reduce air emissions. Additionally, lead batteries play a crucial role in supplying backup power for cell phone towers, hospitals and data storage servers.

While lead batteries are over 150 years old, their ability to be efficiently recycled into the same, useful product has cemented their place in the energy storage world. To view the lead battery recycling video, visit www.batterycouncil.org/recycling.

Contact: Claire Sereiko
+1.312.673.4984
csereiko@batterycouncil.org

 

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John W. Wirtz Passes Away at 91

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, December 15, 2016

John W. Wirtz, the man who took his father’s small family engineering business and turned it into an international battery machine manufacturing firm, died on December 3. He was 91 years old.

He was a well known, well liked and entrepreneurial businessman with a fine grasp of technical detail — including numerous patents to his name — and known for his personal generosity to those pushing out the boundaries of battery technology.

He started at Wirtz Manufacturing part-time during his vacations while at high school in the early 1940s. He worked as a machinist and as a result learnt and understood from the ground up what the machines did and why — this tradition of an early start at the ground floor of the business has continued for his son and later through his son to his grandchildren.

He was eventually to become president and owner of Wirtz Manufacturing.

After graduating from high school in 1943, he served in the US Navy until 1946 before attending the University of Michigan, where he graduated in business studies in 1949.

The combination of technical and engineering understanding and a knowledge of business proved a powerful one and through the 1950s and 1960s he criss-crossed North America as an ambassador for the firm.

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