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Shipping Lithium Batteries Training

Provides full hazmat training to classify, package, and ship lithium-ion or -metal batteries or cells by ground, air, and vessel in compliance with US and international regulations: 49 CFR, the IATA DGR, and the IMDG Code. This training covers how to ship fully regulated and excepted (IATA “Section II”) lithium batteries packaged separately, in-equipment, or with equipment.

Ideal for shipping managers and hazmat employees who package lithium batteries for transportation or mark, label, handle, load, or unload packages containing lithium batteries or battery-powered devices/equipment.

Shipping Excepted Lithium Batteries Training

This course provides streamlined training on the requirements to ship excepted lithium-ion or lithium-metal batteries by ground, air, or vessel in compliance with 49 CFR, the IATA DGR, and the IMDG Code.

As of April 1, 2022, shipments of smaller lithium-ion or -metal batteries and cells shipped separately by air must be prepared using Section IA or IB of the appropriate IATA DGR Packing Instruction (PI). To learn how to ship fully-regulated and excepted lithium batterieswe recommend the more comprehensive Shipping Lithium Batteries Training.

Function-Specific Training (Lithium Batteries)

This function-specific online lithium battery training skips the basics of hazmat training and gets right to how employees can safely perform hands-on job functions for shipping lithium batteries like packaging, marks, labels, and package handling.

The training is ideal for hazmat employees who completed DOT-required general awareness and security awareness training within the past three years. For most professionals who complete this training, lithium batteries are one of many hazardous materials they ship regularly.

Lithium Battery Safety Training

This course provides required safety training for employees who handle lithium batteries in the workplace, including "hazmat employees" who package, mark, label, load, unload, handle or otherwise prepare lithium-ion or lithium-metal batteries for transport. Included free with Shipping Lithium Batteries online course or webinar (HMT 254 or HMT C54A). 

Shipping Lithium Batteries Training Basics

Frequently asked questions about lithium batteries and the US & international training mandates for lithium battery shippers. 


Lithium batteries and cells are regulated as hazardous materials/dangerous goods in the US and internationally. 

In the United States, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) requires training for all employees who can affect the safety of hazardous materials—including lithium batteries—in transportation.

For ground shippers, re-training is required every 3 years. (49 CFR 172.704). 
For air shippers, re-training is required every 24 months. (IATA DGR 1.5) 

Common job responsibilities that require hazmat training for employees include: 
  • Supervise hazmat shipping operations

  • Read and interpret regulations

  • Classify or name a hazardous material for transportation

  • Select hazmat packaging

  • Package hazmat shipments or load containers

  • Place required hazmat markings and labels

  • Load or unload motor vehicles

  • Fill out or sign hazmat shipping papers or Manifests

  • Supervise hazmat shipping operations

  • Train other hazmat employees

The regulations refer to these individuals as "hazmat employees." 

See a more detailed definition of "hazmat employee" on the Hazmat FAQ page, or see 49 CFR 171.8.

Training must be provided within 90 days of the employee's hire date (or job assignment) and must cover specific elements outlined in our Hazmat Training FAQ.

The most common hazard associated with lithium batteries is fire. This is often caused by internal short circuits but can also be traced to other sources. A fire could be the result of a poorly manufactured battery, but it could also come from any type of mechanical damage (such as dropping or crushing a battery). When a battery is faulty, it can lead to a hazard cycle known as “thermal runaway.”


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Lion's Shipping Lithium Batteries training guides shippers through what they need to know to ship lithium batteries by ground, air, and vessel.

The course helps shippers to navigate and apply the current 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) for air shipments, and the latest IMDG Code standards for vessel shipments.

Lion Hazmat Training FAQ

Find reliable answers about hazmat employee training for ground, air, and vessel shippers on the Hazmat Training FAQ page.

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