BCI creates training toolkit for disposal of lithium batteries

BCI creates training toolkit for disposal of lithium batteries

BCI creates training toolkit for disposal of lithium batteries 150 150 Batteries International

July 4, 2019: The dangers of lithium batteries when they enter the lead battery recycling stream are being tackled with a training toolkit launched by Battery Council International on June 26 for battery sorting staff.

In a 2018 survey carried out by BCI, responses revealed that 21% of battery sorters had not been given any kind of training in what is potentially an extremely dangerous occupation.

The training toolkit, which includes a video, poster and flyer, aims to show companies how to identify the differences between lead and lithium batteries; develop a lithium disposal plan; and deal with lithium batteries being erroneously placed in a lead battery pallet.

Due to their chemical composition, fires can occur if a lithium-ion battery is heated up, or is subjected to a sustained shock (something that is common in battery breaking facilities) which would subsequently cause ignition of the flammable electrolyte.

Because lithium batteries have a higher energy density than most batteries, they present a greater risk of a thermal runaway reaction that can result in a fire.