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Regulations

New Battery and Waste Battery Regulations

Battery Regulations

New battery contents, marking and waste regulations now apply and H-Squared can support you towards meeting any obligations you may have.

  • All batteries supplied by H-Squared meet the contents and marking requirements of the regulations.
  • If you manufacture or import batteries into the UK then you may be a producer and be required to join one of the approved Battery Compliance Schemes.
  • If you sell batteries to end users then you should contact one of the approved Battery Compliance Schemes to set up collection arrangements.
  • If you have waste general purpose portable batteries then you can return them to any battery retailer or distributor that allows such access.
  • Alternative arrangements may also be available. H-Squared has teamed up with BatteryBack, one of the larger Compliance Schemes, for their support with battery disposal. Please contact them directly for further information.
  • If you have waste industrial batteries (batteries solely for use in professional devices), then the producer will provide further details about disposal.

See the attached document for further details.

 

Transportation of Lithium Batteries

Class 9 Label

 

Lithium batteries offer many advantages - higher energy density, wide operating temperature, long shelf life, and excellent high current performance.

However, their transportation is regulated (new and used, standalone or with equipment). In fact the regulations classify all lithium batteries as dangerous goods, but then list a series of exemptions subject to certain conditions (mainly the size and capacity of the battery).

The key requirements of the regulations for land and sea transport are:

  • It is the responsibility of the shipping organisation to ensure that the regulations are met. This applies to your supplier, and most probably, your organisation when they are transported further.
  • All lithium batteries must have passed international safety tests (UN Tests) - (although it is possible to ship small quantities of untested batteries in special containers).
  • Many tested lithium batteries are exempt from the main regulations and can be shipped unrestricted apart from some special labelling.
  • Those few that are sufficiently large (eg D and C size primary, rechargeable packs with more than 100 WHr capacity) to be subject to the regulations are classified as Class 9. This means they must be:
    Packed by specially trained personnel
    Using special packaging
    With special documentation
    Transported only by organisations with appropriate systems and training processes
  • Since the above list requires extra training, specially tested packaging and access to a limited number of suitably qualified carriers, significant extra cost is involved.

Tighter restrictions and even prohibition applies to transport by air.
Lithium batteries, whatever the classification, should never be sent by post.

Please ensure your supplier, and you, meet these regulations. They have been put in place to protect us.

 
Related Documents
[icon] - Adobe PDF New Battery Regulations (77 KB)
Regulations covering marking, contents and disposal of batteries
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[icon] - Adobe PDF ROHS and WEEE (40 KB)
Declaration about ROHS and WEEE Support
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