WASHINGTON, D.C.–A rule from the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration requiring shippers to label and document shipments with more than 12 lithium batteries went into effect Friday. The regulations require shippers moving such batteries by ground to meet specific package marking and hazard communication documentation standards. Any shipment of lithium batteries not contained in equipment will now require hazard markings and shipping papers. In the past, shipments of up to 12 “small” batteries (or 24 cells) qualified for relief from these regulations, said the release.
The PHMSA’s regulation, ruling HM-224F, is designed to better ensure that lithium cells and batteries are able to withstand normal transportation conditions and are packaged to reduce the possibility of damage that could lead to an unsafe situation.