Lithium batteries are now the preferred energy source to power a variety of consumer products - from mobile phones, to children’s toys, and even vehicles. However, lithium batteries are dangerous goods, and can pose a serious safety risk if not prepared in compliance with the transport regulations, and the shipment of lithium batteries by air is a very fast growing, but sometimes very complicated process (in 2009, 3.3 billion Li-ion batteries were transported by air, and this is expected to rise to 8 billion per year by 2020).
This one-day, examined, course covers these items in far greater detail than the run-of-the-mill IATA course, and is specifically designed for those shipping lithium ion or lithium metal batteries as both fully-regulated or partially exempted packages (i.e. Section II shipments). It is kept fully updated to account for changes in the Regulations. We can easily add the requirements for road and sea transport too if required.
As always, these courses can be hosted on your own premises, or at our training centre in Southampton.
It covers such subjects as:
- Passenger baggage restrictions
- Classification of lithium batteries
- "State Of Charge"
- Sections I, IA, IB and II requirements
- Packaging requirements (a study of the relevant Packing Instructions)
- Special Provisions
- Marking and labelling
Note that this course is specific only to lithium batteries, and will not be suitable if you also consign other dangerous goods.
To assist shippers in understanding the complex requirements related to the transport of lithium batteries, IATA has prepared the Lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines (LBSG).
These can be downloaded here: Guidance Document (pdf) to help you to comply with the 59th (2018) Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.