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Latest Urgent Hazmat/Dangerous Goods News
Lithium Battery Rule Change
Well, in a way the DOT has done kind of an "end-around" play. While their rule with the significant, systemic lithium battery changes proposed almost two years ago -- while that rule has not yet gone through, the DOT is now supporting UN changes that amount to much of the same thing in many areas. It is going to be VERY challenging for the average human to absorb and understand all the intricacies of these new rules when combined with all the existing rules.
We have an interactive flow chart online here: http://dgtraining.com/Resources/LithiumBatteries/Lithium_Flow_ALLMODES.swf (or better yet here's a shortcut: "tinyurl.com/tdgflow" that will take you to the same place).
However, as you can see from an exploded view of that flowchart:
It's a mess and that doesn't even include all the twists and turns of the new rules (i.e. 2.7 Watt-hours instead of 100 Wh and .3 grams of lithium for primary batteries vs. 2 grams (or 1 g per cell) -- and these new thresholds don't REPLACE the old thresholds they are IN ADDITION to the old limits and are now dependant upon the number of batteries or cells in each individual package.
So, what's a shipper to do?
Take a deep breath, determine what types of batteries you have (i.e. primary or rechargeable) and give us a call at 1-800-949-4834 and we'll help you sort it all out.
We can provide you with a webinar, onsite training or CBT (computer based training) self-guided training, but the most important part is to just focus on the scenarios that are relevant to you and your operations. You don't need to understand each and every permutation of the flowchart above... just the branches that apply to you and what you're doing.
We can also help you if you are currently facing a HazMat (dangerous goods) penalty or fine from the authorities. Again, the first thing you should do is be polite to the FAA, tell them you are committed to a thorough response to their questions, but you need a little time to gather information to do this correctly.
And call us. 1-800-949-4834. Or you can email email@example.com.