IATA launches lithium battery guidance

A free online guide to lithium battery risk-mitigation for airlines has been published by IATA.
The first edition guidance material provides airline operators with important information related to the safe handling and transport of lithium batteries by air.
Lithium batteries power most personal electronic devices. Although lithium batteries are very safe, their high energy levels mean they can pose a fire risk if damaged, especially in air cargo shipments.
Kevin Hiatt, IATA’s senior vice president for safety and flight operations, said: "Lithium batteries are safe to transport provided that they are designed, tested, manufactured and packaged in accordance with the global transport safety standards.
“Developed with the input of leading industry groups specialized in the area of handling potentially dangerous goods, the Lithium Battery Risk Mitigation Guidance for Operators represents an invaluable source of reference."
The guide 56-page is copyright-free, allowing download and onward distribution to interested users.
"Whether on passenger or cargo aircraft, operators can now rely on this guide, which will be updated and expanded as needed," said Hiatt.
View the guidance manual here (pdf)
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