TRANSPORTING LITHIUM BATTERIES – DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO?
Lithium Batteries are fully regulated Dangerous Good and must follow the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations for all shipments by Air, Ground and Marine. Lithium batteries are classified as Class 9, Miscellaneous Products, Substances or Organisms.
The questions arise when determining which labels to use, when do they required full documentation and how to properly handle them
Shippers and importers of lithium batteries must meet shipping requirements set out in the TDG Regulations and declare package contents to postal carriers, couriers or transport companies. If damaged, Lithium Batteries can pose a number of risks for all parties, including fires, explosions and off-gassing. It is forbidden to ship damaged, defective, recalled or recycled lithium batteries by aircraft. This applies whether or not these lithium batteries are contained in equipment
This is where TDG training for your staff becomes paramount. Not only do they acquire the knowledg
e to properly handle, ship and receive Lithium Batteries, but they are more aware of any possible safety concerns with shipments containing damaged batteries and how best to handle them
A hands-on component as part of training works to empower the employee with practical skills to package, apply the correct hazard labels and accurately complete documentation when required
Handling, Shipping, Packaging and Receiving can be complicated when it comes to correctly following the rules and regulations, but a well-rounded training program will provide your company with the tools and skills to manage them effectively