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DOT Shipping Lithium Batteries

D.O.T. Labels - Lithium Ion Battery

49 CFR 173.185 Online Training Certification Course

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Lithium batteries are an integral component of our increasingly mobile lifestyle. While they power electronics essential to daily life, they also pose safety hazards. The Department of Transportation regulates lithium batteries as hazardous materials under the DOT's Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR 173.185). This law includes rules designed to eliminate poor handling and backing of lithium batteries.

Per the DOT, shipping lithium batteries requires proper packing, labeling, and handling to reduce the risk of chemical and electrical hazards. Our online certification course in safe DOT shipping lithium battery training is designed to help you achieve a greater understanding of the rules and regulations in place to ensure the safe shipment of hazmat lithium batteries.

This DOT lithium batteries online training course highlights best practices to minimize the risks associated with shipping lithium batteries, such as monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting standards. 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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What are the governing regulations?
Regulations for shipping lithium cells and batteries are found in 49 CFR 173.185. Lithium batteries must meet all applicable HMR requirements when transported by air, railway, water, or highway.

Who must take this training?
According to the DOT, anyone involved in the manufacturing, packaging, preparing, and shipping of lithium batteries must receive comprehensive safety training. No employee who handles or ships lithium batteries may do so prior to meeting training requirements unless under the direct supervision of trained personnel during the initial training period.

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Click to Learn More What are the consequences of not training?

Case Study: In December 2017, a package of improperly disposed of lithium batteries caused a small explosion aboard a garbage truck in New York City. Sanitation workers threw a small box that was duct-taped together into the back of the truck and then began the process of crushing the discarded products. As the compactor bore down on the box, an explosion occurred, igniting the box and causing a fire. Luckily, the workers were able to reverse the compacting process and retrieve the smoldering item, which they threw into a nearby puddle to extinguish the fire.

Key Takeaways: Disposing of lithium batteries improperly-without federally required packing materials-can cause hazards to drivers transporting the batteries, as well as individuals in the vicinity.

Click to Learn More What people are saying about this course.

Excellent course. Easy to follow with good reference material provided for use in everyday activities.
Michael L

The course was very thorough and well explained
Steven R

Very informative.
Evelynn B

I appreciate the audio and reading combination. The pace is good. I only ship large (fully regulated) mobility lithium ion batteries (like for wheel chair power supply), so the small and medium battery details are not relevant for me. Thank you!
Deborah W

Must learn to think like the person who wrote the manual. Technical, direct, repetitive, thorough. Easy to do if you can adapt to that!!
Dean H

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Click to Learn More Course topics.

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's HAZMAT shipping regulations require personnel to complete refresher training at least every three years. However, when shipping by air, recertification is required every 24 months to satisfy IATA regulations.

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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