Lithium batteries are considered dangerous goods due to their high energy density. The danger associated with lithium batteries is that once they are damaged or short circuit, there is potential for a massive amount of energy to be released almost instantly resulting in explosion and/or fire and if more batteries are present will cause a chain reaction. These fires are difficult to put out and produce toxic and irritating fumes.
When transported by air, the IATA regulations apply to lithium batteries. There are specific packing instructions and training requirements depending on the type and size of battery. Generally, shipments of lithium batteries by air are quite restrictive. Section II lithium batteries are the only types that do not require specialized training but do require that the package is properly packaged and documented.
When transported by ground in Canada, small batteries can be shipped but have some special requirements. Refer to Part 12 of the TDG Regulations for more information (Part 11 for marine). In the United States, small AND medium sized batteries can be shipped with special requirements. When attempting to ship larger batteries by both air or ground, specialized training is required and many carriers will not ship certain batteries.
If you have a lithium battery that needs to be shipped, iHazmat provides repacking services to get your package to its destination both quickly and safely.
Repacking services includes:
- No liability to the customer.
Lithium Battery Training
iHazmat provides several training options for those looking to ship lithium batteries by ground, air and sea. We also provide our training courses on several different platforms including:
Our training courses range from 30 minutes to 8 hours depending on mode of transport, level of detail required by the regulations and type of batteries being shipped. Training topics are:
- Battery vs Cell
- Classification of Lithium Batteries
- Special cases
Lithium Battery Support
iHazmat also provides general support services including UN rated packaging, lithium battery labels, other labels and prepaid shipping.