Online: 2018 Transportation of Small Lithium Metal Batteries

Initial/Refresher Course "SMALLLITHIUMMETAL"


Recorded course - Available on Demand 


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Check out our 2018 Lithium Battery Shipping Guide!


The regulations that govern transportation of Lithium Batteries are constantly evolving.  This online course includes the very latest regulatory updates including the March 29, 2017 release of HM-215N (latest 49 CFR Update) and the 2018 IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (59th Edition).  This session covers all regulatory requirements for the transportation (air, rail or ground) of small and medium lithium metal (non-rechargeable) batteries.

This course is shorter than our Transportation of Lithium Metal and Lithium Ion Batteries course, as we only discuss requirements for shipping small and medium Lithium Metal Batteries via ground (49 CFR) and air (IATA).

Small lithium metal cells have a maximum lithium metal content of 1 grams per cell when shipped ground and air.  Small lithium metal batteries have a maximum lithium metal content of 2 grams of lithium per battery when shipped ground and air.

Medium lithium metal cells have a maximum lithium metal content of 5 grams per cell when shipped domestic US ground only.  Medium lithium metal batteries have a maximum lithium metal content of 25 grams of lithium per battery when shipped domestic US ground only.

This session addresses the following topics specific to Lithium Metal Batteries:

  • Differentiating lithium metal vs. lithium ion batteries.
  • Determining if a lithium metal battery or cell is "fully regulated" or "small", or "medium".
  • Unraveling the updates to IATA air regulations packing instructions:  Addressing the requirements of IATA PI 968-970, Section II and PI 968 Section 1B
  • A comprehensive review of the requirements for shipping lithium metal batteries "contained in equipment" vs. "packed with equipment" vs lithium batteries shipped without equipment.
  • Hazardous properties of lithium batteries, safety concerns and incident reporting
  • Requirements for selection of packaging, affixing package marks/labels, and completion of shipping papers (for Section 1B via air).
  • State and operator (airlines) variations specific to lithium metal battery shipments
  • New Lithium Battery Class 9 label and the new lithium battery handling mark being phased in starting 2017
  • Prohibition of Lithium Metal Batteries, without equipment, on Passenger aircraft.
  • New number of small packages of lithium batteries per consignment limits.

This course INCLUDES required US DOT General Awareness and Security Awareness training.  Students will be provided with an electronic manual that includes all course materials.

Students are provided with the 2018 Lithium Battery Shipping Guide that summarizes the major requirements.  Package illustrations, shipping paper templates and more are included.
Students may stop and restart this course at their own pace.  The course consists of video, practice problems and an examination.  Students should allocate approximately 6 to 7 hours at the computer in order to complete this course.  Upon successful completion of an online test, students will be issued a certificate.  Students can always call or e-mail an instructor while working on course materials.


Online Course: Battery Type: Sizes: Modes: Approx.Duration
Lithium Metal and Lithium Ion*

Rechargeable & Non-Rechargeable

All Sizes Ground (49CFR), Air (IATA) & Vessel (IMDG) 9-10 hours
Lithium Ion Rechargeable All Sizes Ground (49 CFR), Air (IATA) & Vessel (IMDG) 7-8 hours
Small Lithium Ion Rechargeable Small and Medium Ground (49 CFR) & Air (IATA) 6-7 hours

* The classroom version of TRANSPORTATION OF LITHIUM METAL AND LITHIUM ION BATTERIES is also available at the HAZMATEAM Training Center.


NH DES CEUs: 0.7

Price: $199.00