September 10, 2020: Battery organizations and associations have joined together to launch an information platform to ensure battery cells, batteries and anything with batteries in it are safely transported, tested and packaged, a group announcement said on September 1.
EUROBAT is one of the organizations involved in the BatteryTransport.org scheme, which offers general information for shippers, transport operators and end-users, with two dedicated eBooks with all relevant instructions per transport mode for testing, packaging and labelling.
The group also includes Recharge (the European industry association for advanced rechargeable and lithium batteries); the EPBA (European Portable Battery Association); PRBA (Portable Rechargeable Battery Association); EBRA (European Battery Recycling Association); ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association); LEVA-EU (Light Electric Vehicle Association); and MDBTC (Medical Device Battery Transport Council).
The eight associations aim to facilitate access to battery-specific transport information and raise awareness of the requirements as set out by the United Nations in its European Agreement concerning the transport of dangerous goods.
“The professional transport of battery-related articles — via air, sea or road — is subject to international, national and regional regulatory frameworks, which include comprehensive administrative and operational measures to ensure safe transport at all times,” the announcement says.
“The requirements apply to lead, lithium, nickel and sodium based batteries likewise.”
The associations said that as a responsible industry, access must be made available to everyone involved. “Transporting an electro-chemical article, as a prototype, final product or waste, means that specific safety measures must be applied. Failing to comply with the obligations is not just a violation of these regulations, but a safety risk that our industry is not willing to accept.”