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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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08/17/2015

What’s Next in Lithium Battery Regulations?

Now that US DOT’s new hazmat shipping regulations for lithium batteries are in full effect, lithium battery manufacturers and shippers look toward an uncertain future. Lithium batteries pose unique hazards in transit, especially by air—if they short circuit during transportation, they can enter what’s called “thermal runaway”—when a battery short-circuits, causing rising temperatures that accelerate the cell’s chemical reaction rate. As the reaction rate increases, more heat is produced, adding to extreme temperatures and leading to fires, venting of gases, and even explosions...

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08/07/2015

New DOT Lithium Battery Rules Take Effect Today

“…a fire involving one or more packages of lithium ion batteries packed and transported in accordance with the Dangerous Goods Technical Instructions could create hazards that the aircraft fire protection features are not able to adequately protect against.”...

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07/21/2015

New Lithium Battery Shipping Rules Mandatory August 7

On August 6, 2014, PHMSA updated the lithium battery shipping provisions of the Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR 171-180). The new lithium battery shipping rules more completely harmonize the US regulations with evolving international standards. While some dicrepancies remain, domestic and international rules for shipping lithium batteries are now more similar than ever...

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07/09/2015

Lithium Battery Shipper Fined $63K for HMR Violations, Including Training

Last month, a Hayward, CA battery manufacturer was fined $63,000 by US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations...

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07/07/2015

How Lithium Batteries Become a Workplace Hazard

Experts predict a $22 billion market for lithium batteries in 2016. The rising popularity of these batteries makes it crucial that manufacturers, shippers, and consumers who handle and use lithium-battery-powered devices know the safety hazards these products pose. By following some basic handling and storage guidelines, everyone who comes in contact with lithium batteries can avoid short circuits, fires, and injuries...

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02/25/2015

New Dates for Shipping Lithium Batteries Webinar

To help lithium battery shippers prepare for compliance with new US DOT (49 CFR), IATA, and IMO shipping regulations, Lion Technology today added two sessions of the popular Shipping Lithium Battery Webinar to its hazmat training schedule... 

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