Available Now: 2023 Schedule of Hazmat & RCRA Training

ICAO Panel Recommends Ban on Lithium Battery Shipments on Passenger Aircraft

Posted on 1/28/2016 by Roger Marks

The Associated Press reports that on Wednesday, January 27, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) air navigation commission officially recommended an outright ban on rechargeable lithium batteries transported as cargo on passenger aircraft. Despite bolstering the lithium battery packaging, labeling, and other safety requirements for 2016, ICAO has so far declined to completely ban lithium batteries on passenger aircraft.
The ICAO panel’s recommendation is not an official rulemaking, but could lead to a ban being approved and in effect as early as April 1 this year.  

The recommended ban is the latest development in the ongoing efforts of regulators and international safety organizations to mitigate the unique hazards posed by lithium batteries in transit. Just last week, ICAO announced an addendum to its hazmat air shipping rules which included updated standards for lithium batteries. These updates were incorporated via Addendum into the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) 57th edition Dangerous Goods Regulations, the manual followed by hazmat air shippers worldwide.

The updated IATA lithium battery air requirements—mandatory starting April 1, 2016—include a 30% limit on state-of-charge and additional limits on the number of batteries and packages allowed per shipment.

Changing rules for lithium battery air shipments

The US DOT updated its own lithium battery shipping rules in 2015, to harmonize them with international requirements. The latest new requirements for US ground shippers went into effect on August 7, 2015. Further revisions are likely, as concern grows and international regulations continue to change.

A damaged, defective, or improperly packaged lithium battery can experience “thermal runaway”—rapid increases in heat that can result in explosions, fires, and emergencies in transit. To read more about the science how lithium batteries become a workplace and transport hazard—and tips for fighting lithium battery fires—click here.  

It is unclear whether a passenger aircraft ban will be adopted by ICAO. Industry group have resisted the idea of a ban in the past and will likely advocate against putting one in place now.  

DOT, IATA, and IMO Lithium Battery Shipper Training

To help lithium battery shippers keep ground, air, and vessel shipments in compliance, the Shipping Lithium Batteries Online Course covers the 2016 DOT, IATA, and IMO regulations through interactive, engaging lessons and exercises. Get up to speed with the new rules and meet your two- or three-year hazmat certification requirement for shipping lithium batteries Sign up now.

For a live, expert-led update on the latest rules for shipping lithium batteries, join a Lion instructor for the Shipping Lithium Batteries Webinar on February 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. ET.

Tags: hazmat, IATA, lithium batteries, shipping

Find a Post

Compliance Archives

Lion - Quotes

This is the best RCRA training I've experienced! I will be visiting Lion training again.

Cynthia L. Logsdon

Principal Environmental Engineer

You blew the doors off the competition!

Stephen Bieschke

Facilities Manager

Very witty instructor, made the long times sitting bearable. One of the few training courses I can say I actually enjoyed.

John Hutchinson

Senior EHS Engineer

Excellent. I learned more in two days with Lion than at a 5-day program I took with another provider.

Francisco Gallardo

HES Technician

Having the tutorial buttons for additional information was extremely beneficial.

Sharon Ziemek

EHS Manager

More thorough than a class I attended last year through another company.

Troy Yonkers

HSES Representative

Much better than my previous class with another company. The Lion instructor made sense, kept me awake and made me laugh!

Marti Severs

Enterprise Safety Manager

This course went above my expectations from the moment I walked in the door. The instructor led us through two days packed with useful compliance information.

Rachel Stewart

Environmental Manager

Lion's training was by far the best online RCRA training I've ever taken. It was challenging and the layout was great!

Paul Harbison

Hazardous Waste Professional

Lion is my preferred trainer for hazmat and DOT.

Jim Jani

Environmental Coordinator

Download Our Latest Whitepaper

Use this guide as a quick reference to the most common HAZWOPER questions, and get course recommendations for managers and personnel who are in need of OSHA-required HAZWOPER training.

Latest Whitepaper

By submitting your phone number, you agree to receive recurring marketing and training text messages. Consent to receive text messages is not required for any purchases. Text STOP at any time to cancel. Message and data rates may apply. View our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.