New Lithium Battery Safety Advisory from PHMSA
During recent inspections of shipper facilities, PHMSA hazardous materials agents "routinely" noticed shippers improperly packaging and shipping lithium batteries. Lithium battery-related regulatory violations noted by inspectors include:
- Failure to protect batteries/cells against short-circuit in transportation,
- Packaging damaged lithium batteries with other batteries in the same package, and
- Improper markings and labels on boxes and drums containing lithium batteries.
The Safety Advisory also reminds shippers about the US DOT training mandates for “hazmat employees.” All employees who can affect the safety of hazardous materials in transportation (including lithium batteries) must be trained within 90 days of hire date or job assignment. Recurrent training for hazmat employees must be provided at least every 3 years (49 CFR 172.704).
For more details about who needs training to ship hazardous materials, see Lion's Hazmat Training FAQ
Read the Safety Advisory Notice (PHMSA.DOT.gov)
Shipping Lithium Batteries TrainingThe Shipping Lithium Batteries online course provides required hazardous materials/dangerous goods training for managers and employees who ship lithium batteries by ground, air, or ocean.
The course covers the latest 49 CFR (US DOT), IATA DGR, and IMDG Code regulations that shippers must know to ship lithium-ion and -metal batteries and cells in-equipment, with-equipment, or by themselves. The course also covers additional requirements for damaged, defective, and recalled lithium batteries and cells.
Train at your own pace or join us for the next live, instructor-led webinar on June 28, 2022.
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