Lithium metal batteries waste is a safety puzzle in today's green investing transactions. From manufacturers to freight forwarders, and recyclers to environmentalists, all look busy in conferencing to find out remedial solutions for this "universal waste". The safe handling and storage of this hazardous waste is never a push technology which can be figured out with few clicks. But it requires warehousing practices echoing with the placard that "safety is our #1 priority". And what makes a warehouse best for their safe storage? Regulated as class 9 dangerous goods (HAZMAT), following are the top eight practices for safe handling of used lithium metal batteries and cells:
Just like the odd smell of oil emanating from drilling sites suffocates the neighboring residents, the frequent trucking for the transportation of dangerous flammable crude oil has become a safety spill. This gets even wider attention when we're revealed about the fresh oil bang. The "oil boom" is a buzzword which has been anchored by many developed economies recently and is the subject of rivalry between future economies, indeed. Though, North Dakota's oil boom remained the news in focus as of today but the debates are now increasingly zooming in the hazards associated with the dangerous goods transportation. The same panic was voiced in the wake of South Australia's shale oil boom and Alberta's new boom from old oil. And let's confine our discussion to these three oil boomers. But what are those safe transportation questions?
The safety hazards associated with the air freight of lithium metal batteries are still in place, reiterates ICAO recently. A Dangerous Goods Panel review meeting in Montreal during the upcoming week may spur on heated discussions in the aftermath if the proposed ban on the transport of lithium metal batteries from passenger and cargo aircraft receives a final approval. It is also noteworthy that the 2013-14 Technical Instructions have already excluded exceptions for "bulk shipments" of lithium batteries. But what's still apprehensive? And what could be the repercussions if the ban be enforced? For knowing the answers, let's cross examine the narratives and counter-narratives in this regard:
IATA's vision for a paperless era should be an immense relievo for air cargo industry. This project was first revealed in 2006 by IATA with a mission to "Simplifying the Business" in air transport industry. The implementation process, since, is scheduled to achieve its 100% e-freight roadmap by the end of 2015, this paradigm shift from paper-based documentation to electronic data and messages is going to virtualize the whole air transport industry. And certainly, there are equal implications for dangerous goods transportation industry. Time has come to set our alarms and stand corrected that e-freight is futurism.
Batteries are just unavoidable in this hyper-electronic era and so is our reliance. But they're dangerous too- this certainly is of serious concern and should continue to alarm us particularly when we're dealing with industrial waste. Hold on, were you thinking about mobile phone batteries? Not at all! Instead, this inscription refers to those batteries charging our oil and gas industry. Then, how they do look?
Black box technology is not a novel concept in the world of safe transportation. But unfortunately, this term has been learned by the New South Wales Government when it was overdue. This delay turned out to be fatal in dangerous goods road transportation industry of Australia and the incidents like Mona Vale tanker explosion continue to frighten us.
IATA has recently heralded 55th edition of the Dangerous Goods Regulations by outlining key amendments which would have definite impacts on the dangerous goods and hazardous materials industry. How? Let's take a tour of key highlights from this new edition.