Small lithium battery exception and the medium lithium battery exception which were previously found in dot special provisions 188 and 189 respectively have been revised and relocated to 49 cfr 173185 c. The shipping lithium batteries online course covers the latest rules that lithium battery shippers must know.
Usps packaging instruction 9d lithium metal and lithium ion cells and batteries domestic.
Dot approved lithium battery handling label. The two year phase in period is over. Class is a number used on dot shipping labels to mark materials as hazardous according to dot regulations. Each class categorizes materials according to their particular hazard such as class 1 for explosives or class 2 for gases.
See figure 2 below. This is the packaging section for lithium batteries referenced in column 8 of the hazardous materials table. Department of transportations pipeline and hazardous materials safety administration phmsa which may be.
Consider this a friendly reminder to start using the new lithium battery marks and labels. Must be marked with the word overpack and labeled with the appropriate lithium battery handling label. For almost 2 years shippers of small excepted batteries and battery powered devices have had the option to use either the lithium battery handling caution label or the lithium battery mark while operating under the transition period that has been.
Get training to ship lithium batteries by ground air or ocean in 2019. As 2019 quickly approaches lithium battery shippers need to be aware of the mandatory label changes that become effective on january 1st. Department of transportation shipping label class.
Beginning january 1 2019 you will need lithium battery marks or hazard class 9 lithium battery labels for your battery shipments. Class 9 labels with the lithum battery graphic is being transitioned into the industry and becomes mandatory january 1 2019. We have a wide variety of lithium battery packaging as well as a team of packaging engineers to help answer questions or customize a package for your unique needs.
With the recent changes in lithium battery shipping regulations these marks help meet the requirements for packages carrying lithium ion or metal batteries. Mailpieces are not required to bear markings or labels identifying the contents as lithium batteries however an applicable dot approved lithium battery handling label may optionally be applied to mailpieces in either domestic air or surface transportation. Effective july 1 2015 only pre approved customers are allowed to ship lithium.
Lithium metal nonrechargeable cells and batteries and lithium ion rechargeable cells and batteries are mailable in limited quantities domestically via air or surface transportation when they are installed in or packed with the equipment they are intended to operate. Lithium handling labels allow you to write in the battery type and un number. Lithium battery forbidden markings follows dots hm 224c requirements for when transporting batteries is not permitted.
Safely transport your lithium battery packages with labelmasters lithium battery marks.