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Going Beyond the Basics of UN 38.3
UN model regulations on dangerous goods are adopted by regulators in member countries. Several portions focus specifically on the transport of lithium batteries, both on their own and installed within devices. The key components of the regulation include: identifying/classifying lithium batteries; design guidance/conditions; shipping/ packaging of batteries; exemptions/ exceptions and testing/ qualification requirements.
There are four classifications for these batteries, based on whether they are lithium or lithium-ion and how they are shipped.
With such a focus on transporting these batteries, naturally the industry may wonder how batteries can be transported for testing. Samples and prototypes can be shipped as full Class 9 dangerous goods shipments, or may be shipped less restrictively, with competent authority approval, including by air.
Recent updates to the regulation have included new labels to better, yet more simply, illustrate the risk of fire associated with the batteries in the package (individually or within a device), as well as a separate Lithium battery version of the Class 9 placard. Passenger aircraft restrictions have also been updated to prohibit transport of lithium-ion cells/batteries as cargo on passenger planes (this does not apply to batteries in devices), requiring these items to be labeled for cargo aircraft only.
With these requirements, it is important to remember to get or create a test report summary, based on successful completion of UN 38.3 testing. These test report summaries must be available from the shipper upon request. They do not need to be included in shipments, however it may be wise to include when further transportation will occur. Keep in mind the new label requirements and the difference between the requirements for batteries alone versus those in the device. For more insights, download our on-demand webinar.
This is the second in a two-part series on Un 38.3. Read the first entry for the basics of the standard, here.