Search

2 Shippers Fined for Hazmat Air Violations

Posted on 9/18/2017 by Roger Marks

This month, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed civil penalties for two shippers who allegedly violated US DOT hazmat shipping requirements.

flammable_liquid_LABEL.png
$54,000 for Undeclared Flammable Liquids and Lack of Hazmat Training

FAA proposed a $54,000 hazmat penalty for a French microbiology equipment company that allegedly offered undeclared flammable liquid disinfectant spray. En route from France to Mexico, the shipment passed through Dallas-Fort Worth, where it was discovered by airline personnel.

On top of failing to properly classify, package, mark, label, and document the Class 3 hazmat shipment, the company did not provide adequate hazmat training for personnel. Lastly, the company did not include emergency repose information with the shipment, as required by the US DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR 171–181, et al.). 


$50,000 for Lithium Battery Violations

For allegedly transporting 142 lithium-metal batteries in an employee’s checked baggage, a North Carolina medical device company faces a $50,000 hazmat penalty. Lithium-metal batteries are forbidden from transport on passenger aircraft and may not be carried in checked baggage.

This hazmat fine underscores the importance of hazmat training for industries in which lithium batteries are integral to the business. Because so many seemingly harmless devices rely on lithium batteries, it is easy to forget that these batteries are regulated as hazardous materials under domestic and international rules. 

Knowing the relevant requirements and restrictions for shipping and transporting lithium batteries under 49 CFR, the IATA DGR, and the IMDG Code hazmat rules is crucial to avoid not only fines, but also incidents in transit, emergency landings, injury, and property damage.
 

To learn more about how lithium batteries become a hazard in air transportation, watch the video here:
VIDEO: Real Dangers of Lithium Batteries


Shipping Lithium Batteries—Now Live in North Jersey!

Full hazmat training to ship lithium batteries by ground, air, or vessel is now available as both an online course and an exclusive classroom workshop at Lion’s New Jersey Training Center. Meet US DOT, IATA DGR, and IMDG Code DG training requirements and build the knowledge and skills to keep your shipments in compliance.

Shipping Lithium Batteries Online Course

Train online anytime and benefit from exercises and interactive learning tools that help you retain what you learn. Build in-depth expertise on how to class, package, mark, label, loading, unload, and document lithium battery ground, air, and vessel shipments. Plus, get free lithium battery safety training at Lion.com when you enroll now!

Shipping Lithium Batteries Workshop—October 18

Join us at the NJ Training Center for this exclusive lithium battery hazmat training! On October 18, learn the latest rules for offering lithium batteries for ground, air, or vessel transport. Satisfy relevant training mandates for highway, air, and ocean shipping. [49 CFR 172.704, IATA DGR 1.5, and IMDG Code 1.3.1]

Personnel involved in shipping lithium batteries must know the requirements they must follow to protect themselves and the public from the risks of a lithium battery short-circuit and/or fire.  
 

Tags: DOT, fines and penalties, hazmat air shipping, hazmat training, lithium batteries

Find a Post

Compliance Archives

Lion - Quotes

The instructor took a rather drab set of topics and brought them to life with realistic real-life examples.

Tom Berndt

HSE Coordinator

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

Troy Yonkers

HSES Representative

Lion provided an excellent introduction to environmental regulations, making the transition to a new career as an EHS specialist less daunting of a task. Drinking from a fire hose when the flow of water is lessened, is much more enjoyable!

Stephanie Weathers

SHE Specialist

Attending Lion Technology classes should be mandatory for every facility that ships or stores hazmat.

Genell Drake

Outbound Lead

I really enjoy your workshops. Thank you for such a great program and all the help Lion has provided me over the years!

George Chatman

Hazardous Material Pharmacy Technician

The instructor's energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the subject make the class a great learning experience!

Brian Martinez

Warehouse Operator

Best course instructor I've ever had. Funny, relatable, engaging; made it interesting and challenged us as the professionals we are.

Amanda Schwartz

Environmental Coordinator

This was the 1st instructor that has made the topic actually enjoyable and easy to follow and understand. Far better than the "other" training providers our company has attended!

Lori Hardy

Process & Resource Administrator

The course was very informative and presented in a way that was easily understood and remembered. I would recommend this course.

Jeffrey Tierno

Hazmat Shipping Professional

The instructor was probably the best I ever had! He made the class enjoyable, was humorous at times, and very knowledgeable.

Mary Sue Michon

Environmental Administrator

Download Our Latest Whitepaper

Use this guide to spot which tanks and substances are regulated under EPA's Underground Storage Tank program, and which are excluded as of October 2018.

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.