Lithium Batteries Training


Updated for 2019

Hazmat employees must have a full understanding of the stringent shipping and handling regulations for all hazardous materials. However, a special emphasis must be placed on shipments of lithium batteries in particular because of the unique challenges, dangers, and risks they pose. These batteries can be found in a range of items that includes cell phones, pacemakers, digital cameras, vehicles, and many other electronic devices and equipment. Shipments of this potentially dangerous material are being constantly transported around the globe as they are an integral part of daily life.

Lithium cells and batteries have the potential of a thermal run-away. On rare occasions, microscopic metal particles may come into contact with other parts of the battery cell, leading to a short circuit within the cell. This reaction that can potentially compromise the integrity of any package being transported, endangering the lives of hazmat employees and civilians alike. What makes their transport all the more difficult is that their stability can be quite fragile, meaning that the slightest mistakes in their shipping and handling can result in a hazardous materials incident.

In addition to this, paying particular attention to the regulations for lithium batteries is necessary because they can differ depending on certain circumstances. There are two types of lithium batteries - lithium metal and lithium ion batteries - and some rules that apply to one type do not apply to or are modified for the other. There are also certain regulations specific to one of the different modes of transportation used for shipping lithium batteries - namely, between shipping lithium batteries by air, sea, or ground. For example, according to the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR), defective lithium batteries must not be shipped by air.

All of this means that the best way to understand the many regulations specifically regarding lithium batteries is to undergo training in a course that is focused on the subject, which is why Hazmat University provides a supplementary lithium batteries training course that does exactly that.

This course provides supplementary information for Hazmat University’s Shipping by Air, Ground or Vessel training programs. This includes information on the regulations for the classification, identification, packing, marking, labeling, placarding, documentation, and segregation of lithium batteries. This applies to when they are contained in equipment, packed with equipment, or shipped alone for devices that use them as power sources.

The training also provides details on the provisions for the process of shipping and handling lithium batteries. Hazmat employees learn about the United Nations Manual of Tests and Criteria, which lists internationally recognized standards that any shipment of lithium batteries must pass. The varying extent to which regulations can apply to lithium battery shipments depending on the size, and therefore the energy capacity, of the batteries is also taken into consideration during the training program.

In addition to all of the requirements for transportation that must be met to maintain safety, which is intended to prevent a hazardous materials incident, hazmat employees also learn about the emergency response requirements, which include the requirements of a 24-hour emergency response telephone number and where they can find the proper procedures that must be followed in the event that an emergency happens, enabling them to save their own lives and the lives of others from a dangerous occurrence.



Lithium Batteries Training

This course is intended as a supplement to Hazmat University’s Dangerous Goods training for Air, Ground or Vessel. Upon completion of the course, the student will have a better understanding of the current regulations involving the shipping and handling of Lithium Batteries. There have been many significant changes in all three modes, and it is important for both new and more experienced shippers of Lithium Batteries to understand and apply them in order to maintain safety.

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