Shipping Lithium Batteries

We all encounter batteries every day, but we don’t often think about the dangers they can pose, especially in shipping environments. Improperly packaged batteries can cause fires and other hazardous events, so it is important that anyone involved in their shipment is aware of the risks and is knowledgable in ensuring proper packaging to minimize those risks. 

Eduwhere’s Shipping Batteries course provides training in the proper shipping of batteries, including lithium batteries, both by ground (DOT) and air (IATA). It is designed to meet the training requirements for both ground transportation (49 CFR 172.704) and transport by air (IATA Section 1.5), and is updated to include the latest IATA changes to the lithium battery requirements. The training covers the specific requirements for lithium-ion and lithium metal batteries, wet and dry batteries, and battery-powered vehicles and equipment. However, this course does not cover shipment of batteries containing sodium.

Our course covers training requirements for shipping batteries, including selecting the proper shipping name, marks and labels, and packaging, and how to appropriately prepare shipping papers. It also covers important shipping limitations related to passenger and cargo aircraft. This training is designed to protect the safety of people and property when batteries and battery-powered devices are being shipped. If you or your company are involved in the shipment of lithium batteries, alkaline, Ni-Cd, lead-acid, lead-alkali, or non-spillable batteries, or battery powered equipment, Eduwhere’s Shipping Batteries course may be appropriate to ensure safe and legal shipment of your packages. 

IMDG Shipping by Ocean Vessel

Eduwhere prides itself on our range of high quality training courses, and we are excited to announce our newest addition: IMDG online, on-demand training! IMDG – International Maritime Dangerous Goods Shipping is a training certification course that covers the fundamentals of shipping dangerous goods by ocean vessel, in accordance with international IMDG regulations. If you or your company ships dangerous goods by sea, this online training course may be appropriate. 

It is important that anyone involved in the transporting, loading, or preparing of packages for shipment by vessel should be trained according to the requirements set out in Section 1.3 of the IMDG Regulations and 49 CFR 172 Subpart H. Trainees will receive an introduction to the regulations and general awareness training for hazardous goods. They will also learn necessary skills for shipping hazardous goods, including how to identify and select proper shipping names, packing groups, basic descriptions, appropriate packaging, quantity limitations and exceptions, and required marks and labels, as well as how to complete and sign necessary documentation and ensure appropriate safety and emergency response. The training also reviews security awareness requirements. The focus of this course is on the preparation and shipment of non-bulk packages, intermediate bulk containers and large packagings. 

Eduwhere’s course is based on the most recent 2018 Edition of the IMDG Code (Amendment 39-18). The training is designed with a 10-step approach that encompasses all of the activities which must be addressed when preparing dangerous goods for shipment by water. This 10-step approach is designed to help you follow through on important regulatory requirements on dangerous goods shipments, and help ensure that you stay in compliance with the law. 

Container cargo ships loaded with shipments. Personnel shipping hazardous materials by ocean vessel must receive IMDG training.

IMDG – International Maritime Dangerous Goods Shipping