Lithium cells and lithium batteries pose numerous hazards to us; especially when they are in transport. Lithium batteries have been responsible for major damage to several airplanes in recent years as well as motor transport vehicles out on the highway. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Pipeline of Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulate the shipment of lithium cells and lithium batteries in all four modes of transportation: highway, air, rail, and by vessel. Non-compliance with these regulations places companies at risk of severe violations and huge liability consequences. Lithium batteries are oftentimes chemical and electrical hazards. They can be flammable and also give off toxic gases when involved in a fire.
Even recalled, damaged, and unused lithium batteries pose dangers to us. There are resources available for proper recycling and disposal of lithium batteries in the US. DOT and PHMSA require that employees handling lithium batteries be properly trained both in the appropriate OSHA regulations and DOT HAZMAT regulations. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also regulates the recycling and disposal of lithium batteries. Don’t let a lack of knowledge in the proper handling and management of lithium cells and lithium batteries put your company, or employees, at risk. Contact A-C-T today to learn how we can assist with both DOT and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) required training to properly manage and transport lithium cells and lithium batteries. Our Emergency Response Teams are also prepared to assist your organization with the proper cleanup of any spills or releases involving these batteries or cells.