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01/27/2016

COSTHA to Host 3rd Working Group on Lithium Batteries

In Bordeaux, France on March 30-April 1, 2016, the Council for the Safe Transport of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA), in cooperation with battery industry groups RECHARGE and the Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA), will host its third UN Informal Working Group on lithium batteries. 

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01/20/2016

IATA Posts Addendum I to 57th Edition DGR

The 57th edition IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) has been in effect for hazmat air shippers since January 1, 2016. On January 16, IATA posted its first Addendum to the 57th edition to revise and clarify the DGR manual. The Addendum includes major changes for lithium battery shippers. 

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01/19/2016

Shipping Lithium Batteries in 2016: FAQ

The rules for shipping lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries have changed so dramatically and so often in the past few years that US shippers may feel like they’re always one step behind the latest requirements. Every day, Lion Technology’s regulatory experts answer questions from current and former students about a wide range of hazmat, hazardous waste, work safety, and EHS issues. Of the more than 700 hazmat questions Lion’s Finder Service answered in 2015, about one in ten was a question about shipping lithium batteries...

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12/29/2015

Lion News Best of 2015

2015 was a year of major change for EHS professionals, hazmat shippers, environmental engineers, project managers, and all personnel who work to maintain compliance with US and international regulations. These changes included major EPA proposals, updates to the RCRA hazardous waste regulations, new GHS chemical labeling and shipping standards, and revised rules for shipping lithium batteries...

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12/04/2015

Holiday "Hoverboard" Craze Underscores Risks of Lithium Batteries

Consumers who want to take their new balance gliders, or “hoverboards,” aboard an aircraft are experiencing issues flying this holiday season. Hoverboards are scooters that can be operated hands-free, and they are one of many consumer products powered by lithium batteries. 

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11/09/2015

New Lithium Battery Restrictions for Air Shipments

Now that the 25th annual International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel in Montreal has come to a close, a summary of new restrictions for lithium battery air shipments is available. The new restrictions constitute significant changes for lithium battery manufacturers and shippers and enter into effect April 1, 2016...

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11/03/2015

New PHMSA Final Rule Prohibits E-Cigarettes in Checked Luggage

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today published an Interim Final Rule to prohibit airline passengers and crewmembers from placing battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices, like electronic cigarettes ("e-cigs"), e-vaporizers, and others in checked baggage...

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09/23/2015

Pre-ICAO Meeting on Lithium Battery Air Safety

On Friday, September 18, 2015, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) held a public meeting to address issues of lithium battery air transport safety. The meeting was scheduled in part to help US regulators prepare for the upcoming ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel in Montreal next month, at which lithium batteries will be a major topic of discussion...

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09/14/2015

Significant Changes to the 57th Edition IATA DGR

This fall, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will release the 57th edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulation, or DGR.  Mandatory compliance with the new rules starts January 1, 2016...

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08/28/2015

FAA and PHMSA Call Public Meeting on Lithium Battery Safety

In the Federal Register on August 28, 2015, two offices of the US Department of Transportation—the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)—called a public meeting to address the unique issues posed by lithium batteries during air transport...

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