Lithium Batteries: Why They Are Dangerous and How to Ship Them Safely

We rely on lithium batteries for a wide variety of consumer goods. They are in our phones, laptops, cameras, and even electronic children’s toys. This also means at some point we may need to ship lithium batteries or electronics containing them. Although widely used, most people are not aware of the safety risks we face if lithium-ion batteries are not prepared correctly for transport.

Why Are Lithium Batteries Considered Dangerous?

You may have noticed lithium batteries in the news a lot lately. That is because, although the occasion is rare, these batteries can burst into flames. When they do so, the result is catastrophic. The electrical energy in these batteries is significant, allowing them to provide high levels of power. This also means they will can generate a lot of heat if short circuited.

Lithium batteries are known to degrade as soon as they leave the factory. They are also extremely sensitive to high temperatures. Heat causes the lithium battery to degrade much faster than they would normally. All these factors contribute to lithium-ion batteries being classified as a hazardous material.

How to Ship Lithium Batteries Safely and According to Regulations

There have been major changes to the movement of lithium batteries which can result in lengthy shipping delays and fines. Lithium Batteries are classified as hazardous materials, which means shippers are required to understand and comply to the applicable regulations. The newest IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) has introduced segregation provisions for certain packages containing lithium batteries, which went into effect on January 1st, 2018.

Shippers moving lithium batteries are confronted with a minefield of regulations. The best way to stay ahead is to be properly trained, or call a trained Dangerous Goods Specialist.

Sign up for training: DGM offers an interactive course specifically targeting the requirements to correctly identify, classify, document, pack, mark and label packages of lithium batteries by air, sea, or road. We offer classroom, on-site, or online courses.

Call a Dangerous Goods Specialist: At DGM, we take the packaging of your lithium battery shipment very seriously and comply with all the shipping regulations. Our trained DG Specialists will ensure your shipment is correctly identified and classified, packaged, marked, labeled, and accompanied by a Shipper’s declaration.

Contact us today to speak to a specialist about your Lithium Battery shipment.

4 Reasons to Choose DGM for Dangerous Goods Training

DGM is an IATA Accredited Training School that offers comprehensive training courses for shippers, freight forwarders and the transportation industries.

DGM’s World Class Training Programs are designed to help your company meet both regulatory and industry standards, while providing your employees with firsthand knowledge of the best practices to use when shipping your Dangerous Goods. You may be wondering, what makes DGM a better training option than our competitors? Well, here are 4 reasons to schedule your upcoming Dangerous Goods training with DGM:

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  1. IATA Premier Circle Membership – DGM has received the IATA Premier Circle membership award for the past 2 years in recognition of outstanding performance in delivering IATA training programs.
  2. Certified trainers with hands on experience – Our DGM trainers are IATA Accredited certified trainers with over 20 years of experience in the transportation and hazardous materials shipping industry.
  3. Personalized on-site training – DGM will come to you! If you have 6 or more students who require Dangerous Goods training, we offer private on-site training at your facility. Our four locations across the coast allow us to serve a wide range of customers and cater to on-site training anywhere in the United States.
  4. Tailored, customized training to meet your needs – DGM will tailor training to your specific needs and customize to your unique circumstances. In addition, we offer a wide range of classes, and you may choose online, on-demand, or instructor lead classes. The possibilities are endless.

The DGM network has been awarded once again the “Premier Circle Member” acknowledgement by IATA for its professionalism in delivering dangerous goods training programs and commitment to student success, adding yet another reason to train with DGM! Congratulations to everyone in our network for this achievement!

Schedule your training with DGM and experience personalized, professional training that will prepare your staff to identify and handle Dangerous Goods. Our 2018 calendar is now available, and classes are filling up fast!

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