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IATA Lithium Battery Air Transport Guidance

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Online Training Certification Course

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This online training course presents an overview of the rules and regulations associated with the safe air transport of lithium batteries. As a Class 9 HAZMAT, lithium battery shipment by air must meet strict safety standards to reduce the hazards associated with transporting batteries. Course topics include proper packing procedures, labeling processes, and ways to reduce the risks associated with transporting lithium batteries on airplanes.

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What are the governing regulations?
The most current IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (updated yearly) govern the standards for shipping lithium batteries. Airlines, freight forwarders, ground handlers, and shippers all rely on the IATA DGR manual to ensure the safe transport of hazmat materials. This online certification course provides general awareness and function-specific lithium battery training to satisfy IATA DGR and DOT hazmat employee training requirements.

Who must take this training?
Employees with responsibilities associated with managing an aircraft must receive general and function-specific safety training. This includes many types of employees involved in the transport and travel process, such as cargo acceptance staff, loaders, passenger handling staff, and cabin crew. Given the popularity of lithium batteries on flights, staff should also be trained in first aid procedures and what to do in the event of an emergency, such as a lithium battery fire.

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Case Study: On July 28, 2011, there was a fire in the cargo hold of a B744 flying over Jeju, South Korea. The aircraft crashed into the Korean Strait and the two crew members on-board died. An investigation into the cause of the fire determined that cargo stored on the aircraft caught fire. A total of 2,092 kilograms of the cargo on-board was declared as dangerous goods, loaded near the left cargo door on the main deck. These goods consisted of flammable liquids, corrosive liquids, and lithium-ion batteries, totaling 198 cells rated at 25 ampere hour (Ah) at 3.65 volts (V). All dangerous cargo had been placed onto two pallets and had been loaded without problems, with no observation of damage or leakages. The goods had been previously stored according to regulations. It was impossible to say what caused the fire, other than cargo stored on the aircraft. The instructor exclusively in charge of dangerous goods training stated he had trained all pilots with an emphasis on cargo safety standards for lithium ion batteries and cargo fire procedures.

Key Takeaways: To reduce the risks associated with transporting dangerous goods, such as lithium batteries by aircraft, it is important to make sure crew members are adequately trained to follow the procedures associated with transporting dangerous goods and are familiar with fire safety practices. Dangerous goods should also be properly labelled for transport.

Click to Learn More Course topics.

Specific topics covered in this course include:

  • About This Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction to Transporting Lithium Batteries
  • Applicability
    • Key Terms
    • Lithium Battery - History
    • Background
    • Overview
  • Statistics for Transporting Lithium Batteries by Air
    • Responsibilities
    • Governing Authorities
    • Applicable Regulations for Transporting Lithium Batteries - IATA
    • Applicable Regulations for Transporting Lithium Batteries - Carry-on Luggage
    • Applicable Regulations for Transporting Lithium Batteries - Shipping
    • Applicable Regulations for Transporting Lithium Batteries - Labeling
  • Cargo Acceptance and Handling for Lithium Batteries
    • Acceptance
    • Loading
    • Operator Approval and General Cargo Handling
  • Types of Hazards for Transporting Lithium Batteries
    • Procedures for Fire Event
    • Lithium Battery Event - Fire-fighting Procedures
  • Controls
    • Controls - Risk Assessment
    • Controls - Risk Likelihood
    • Controls - Risk Acceptability
    • Controls - Incident Occurrence
    • Engineering Controls
    • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Training Requirements
    • Guidelines
  • Additional Resources
  • Summary
  • Exam
Click to Learn More Course format.

Our IATA Lithium Battery Air Transport Guidance course consists of content, graphics, audio, non-scored 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?

According to the IATA DGR section, recurrent training must occur within 24 months of the previous training to remain IATA certified in relevant topics. Retraining ensures knowledge is current to IATA DGR regulations and standards. Employers must verify that all personnel involved in the shipping process, including consignors and freight forwarders, are adhering to IATA lithium battery guidelines.

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

Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable Lithium Battery Air Transport Guidance training 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.

Click to Learn More What students who took this course also bought.

If you do not have a copy, you will need to purchase the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) Manual both for reference purposes in your day to day shipping operations, and while taking this course.

You can access the "IATA DGR 62nd Edition Significant Changes" document from our "Resources" section.

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