The 2017 IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations went into effect on January 1. Updated on a biennial basis, these regulations are created by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Neil McCulloch, senior manager, international product development at Labelmaster wrote:
These are important safety requirements covering everything that’s transported by air from cargo in the hold of the airplane to the cell phones carried by passengers. With the recent concerns over certain types of phones and tablets, the 2017 update to the regulations has a direct impact on almost every business everywhere.
For the electronics industry, the rules around shipping lithium batters are perhaps the most likely to impact day to day business. In addition, new and revised rules for aerosols and stabilized materials have been created.
Some major changes to the 58th edition of the regulations include:
- Specific airline requirements : Particularly when shipping products that contain lithium batteries, OEMs, retailers, and consumers should be aware of revised airline variations when shipping via air services such as FedEx or UPS.
- A new lithium battery handling mark: To facilitate multi-modal operations, all modes of transport have adopted a new standardized logo that is a picture without words.
- A new lithium battery hazard label: Adoption of this new label will increase efficiency of multi-modal transport chain efficiency. The label clearly identifies the miscellaneous hazard of lithium batteries by adding a pictogram to the existing class 9 label.
- Interim change to lithium batteries carried as cargo on passenger aircraft. Now, lithium batteries are prohibited from being carried as cargo on passenger aircraft, and that requirement is reflected in all sections of the regulations.
Take a look at the infographic below from Labelmaster to learn more about the changes.
— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN