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Safe Transportation of Lithium Batteries: What You Need to Know in 2021

April 29, 2021
1:30pm ET to 4:30pm ET
Approx. Time Commitment
: 3 hours. Learning Level: Beginner/Intermediate.

Lithium batteries are key to our modern connected world, from our cellphones and computers to our cars and not just electric cars! Lithium batteries also have an increasing role in storing electricity for the electric grid which is critical to society and future progress. However, used lithium batteries aren’t like the used alkaline or lead acid batteries that many of us are familiar with handling. Because of the battery’s high energy density and the potential for serious incident, special preparation is needed when shipping these batteries. This webinar will provide the audience with new and updated information, as well as discussion on electric vehicle and electric storage lithium batteries, damaged, defective, and recalled (DDR) lithium batteries, and DOT special permit packaging. Participants will learn how to prevent, reduce, or eliminate risks of fire or explosions caused by the improper packaging, marking, labeling, or disposal of lithium batteries.

This Sustainable Materials Management webinar will be hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and led by subject matter experts from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s PHMSA. After a brief introduction about the importance of recycling lithium batteries, the webinar will focus on the safe transportation of lithium batteries for recycling, disposal and reuse. Content discussed will include an overview of the latest regulatory requirements on proper lithium battery packaging, marking, and labeling and as well as a basic understanding of how to apply the PHMSA’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). It is designed for any individual who is involved in preparing lithium batteries for transport, wants a working knowledge of the HMR, or provides training to their employees on the applicable regulations.

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Last updated: Friday, April 9, 2021