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This course presents an overview of the safe handling, packaging, and shipping of lithium and lithium-ion batteries in accordance with regulations set forth by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). Regulations are in place for ground, vessel, and air transport, though they are not always the same for each type of shipping. 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.
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This course is designed to help you achieve a greater understanding of the rules and regulations that are in place to assist with the safe shipment of lithium batteries. Being familiar with the DOT standards for these processes will help minimize the associated risks. Knowing how to use controls to minimize the risks associated with shipping lithium batteries, such as proper packing standards, also creates a safer work and travel environment. Additionally, adhering to regulations for these processes, such as monitoring, record keeping, and reporting, will foster a safer work and travel environment.
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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.
Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable certificate and wallet card.
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.
Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.
Our DOT Shipping Lithium Batteries training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.
Lithium batteries are used in a variety of everyday products, such as laptops, cell phones, digital cameras, pacemakers, and more. Their popularity is due, in part, to their significantly longer life span when compared to standard alkaline batteries. While lithium batteries conveniently power electronics essential to our daily lives, they can also pose safety threats. It is important to understand the risks that can arise from shipping lithium batteries, as well as how to properly handle the batteries. Being familiar with the DOT standards for these processes will help minimize the associated risks.
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
- 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
- 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
The DOT Hazmat Shipping regulations state that:
Refresher – or recurrent – training is required at least every three years.