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DOT Shipping Lithium Batteries

49 CFR 173.185 Online Training & Certification Course

This course reviews the rules and regulations for safe shipment of lithium batteries. Topics include the classification of lithium cells and batteries; acceptable packaging materials; proper marking and labeling procedures; size requirements; hazard communication; disposal and recycling methods; and handling damaged, defective, and recalled batteries.

NOTE: If you ship lithium batteries by air you also need our IATA DGR Class 9 course.

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$119.95 per student   (1-3)

$107.95 per student   (4-7)

$96.95 per student   (8-12)

$86.95 per student   (13-20)

$78.95 per student   (21+)

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Who Is Taking This Course?

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Governing regulations.
49 CFR 173.185 was originally published by PHMSA to regulate shipping - by air, land, or water - in the United States. The law includes rules designed to eliminate poor handling and packaging of lithium batteries.

Who must take this course?
According to the DOT: All employees who handle or ship lithium batteries must be instructed in these requirements and be certified by their employer to perform those duties, except during an initial 90-day period, during which the employee must be under the direct supervision of trained personnel.

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Specific topics covered in this course include:

  • About This Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction to DOT Shipping Lithium Batteries Safety Training
    • Governing Authorities
    • Lithium Batteries - History
    • Key Terms
    • Purpose of the Law
    • Recent Updates to the Regulations
  • Battery Testing and Criteria
    • Requirements of Part III, Sub-section 38.3
    • Manufacturer Responsibilities
    • Lithium Cell and Battery Requirements
  • Packaging
    • Avoiding Short Circuits
    • Avoiding Movement of Batteries within the Packaging
    • Key Takeaway
    • Marking and Labeling
    • Packaging Requirements Based on Size
    • Size Definitions
    • Small Lithium Batteries
    • Medium Lithium Batteries
    • Fully Regulated Lithium Batteries
  • Exceptions for Smaller Cells
    • Size Limitations
    • Extended Maximum Sizes
    • Packaging, Marking, and Documentation
    • Packaging
    • Marking
    • Documentation
  • Shipping for Disposal or Recycling
    • Motor Vehicle Transportation Exceptions
  • Low Production Runs and Prototypes
    • Testing and Record-keeping Exceptions
  • Damaged, Defective, and Recalled Batteries
    • Transportation Stipulations
  • Additional Resources
  • Summary
  • Exam
Click to Learn More Course format.

Our DOT Shipping Lithium Batteries training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.

Click to Learn More How long is the course?

It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

Click to Learn More How long do I have to complete this course?

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course.

Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Click to Learn More How often is retraining or recertification required?

The DOT Hazmat Shipping regulations state that: Refresher – or recurrent – training is required at least every three years.

Click to Learn More How soon is the certificate of completion issued?

Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable certificate and wallet card.

Click to Learn More Continuing education credits?

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

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