The number of products relying on lithium batteries continues to grow.
From e-bikes and the growing market for electric cars to electronics containing smaller & lightweight batteries the reliance on batteries as an energy store increases.
Making a mistake with marking, labelling, or packaging products with lithium batteries can at best cause delays. At worst, the battery could fail or short circuit causing a fire.
The transport regulations relevant to lithium batteries can be difficult to navigate, and IATA has created the Lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines (LBSG) to aid shippers of lithium batteries and equipment containing lithium batteries to meet their safety obligations.
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IATA has issued an updated Lithium Battery Guidance 2021 Document. It includes updated and additional FAQs for shippers to learn how to comply with the 62nd (2021) Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) on definitions, classifications, exceptions, and prohibitions.
Download the document – 2021 Lithium Battery Guidelines
The provisions of the DGR with respect to lithium batteries may also be found in the IATA lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines (LBSG) 8th Edition
Special Provision 376 Clarification
The amendment to Special Provision 376 addresses what has become a very common scenario facing shippers of damaged or defective lithium batteries.
A cell or battery that has experienced a thermal event but does not present any additional hazard in transport should not need to be transported subject to the Model Regulations.
Packages need to be marked:
"DAMAGED/DEFECTIVE LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES" or
"DAMAGED/DEFECTIVE LITHIUM METAL BATTERIES" as applicable.
NOTE: In assessing a cell or battery as damaged or defective, an assessment or evaluation shall be performed based on safety criteria from the cell, battery or product manufacturer or by a technical expert with knowledge of the cell’s or battery’s safety features.
An assessment or evaluation may include, but is not limited to, the following criteria:
- Acute hazard, such as gas, fire, or electrolyte leaking;
- The use or misuse of the cell or battery;
- Signs of physical damage, such as deformation to cell or battery casing, or colours on the casing;
- External and internal short circuit protection, such as voltage or isolation measures;
- The condition of the cell or battery safety features;
- or damage to any internal safety components, such as the battery management system.
For manufacturers of products that contain lithium batteries the The UN Manual of Test and Criteria is now on the 7th edition.
Industry News Changes to Labelling & Marking
The format of the lithium battery mark has been revised. The mark may also now be a square with minimum dimensions of 100mm x 100mm.
This may be reduced to be not less than 100 mm x 70 mm, where the size of the package prevents the application of the full-size mark.
The wording in the provisions for the application of the mark identifies that mark must be a square or rectangle – which permits the continued usage of the current mark which is 120mm x110 mm.
The new IMDG Code, 2020 edition is available for purchase from 1st January 2021.
If you have the current version there’s no need to buy the new one just yet, but it’s always best to have the most up to date version.