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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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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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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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