Chicago, Illinois (Vocus) February 16, 2008
Recently, DOT and international transportation authorities have published new regulations concerning the transportation of lithium batteries, especially by air. Due to their volatile nature, lithium batteries pose a serious fire hazard if they are damaged or short circuit during transportation. Since batteries are chemical devices, they must be shipped, used, and disposed of safely and appropriately in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines and government regulations.
Labelmaster®, a U.S.-based manufacturer of hazardous materials and regulatory compliance products has developed a line of labels using transportation requirements and industry standards. A new packaging line of proto-type lithium batteries was developed to address regulatory issues.
Labelmaster has been a regulatory compliance leader for over 40 years and is committed to providing products that help keep people and transport vehicles safe.
In the last year, there have been a handful of incidents of computer laptops that have burst into flames because of the battery. With tens of millions of batteries in use, there have been very few incidents, however those incidents have been dramatic. FAA statistics show that batteries, particularly lithium batteries have been implicated. There has been a considerable effort on the part of government and industry in tightening the rules governing the transport of batteries, particularly in the air mode. New restrictions on the sizes and types permitted for passengers are being put in place with certain battery types and sizes being restricted to cargo aircraft.
For additional information on Labelmaster’s packaging and labels designed for safer shipping of lithium batteries, visit labelmaster.com/batteries., or call 1-800-621-5808.
Labelmaster, established in 1967, is a developer, manufacturer, distributor, and marketer of hazardous materials compliance products, including labels, forms, packaging, software, and publications. The company’s 40 years of experience in providing regulatory information and products for all transportation modes make it especially qualified as a total compliance resource. For additional information visit http://www.labelmaster.com.