Battery and Waste Battery Regulations
- 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.
Transportation of Lithium Batteries
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.
Lithium batteries, whatever the classification, should never be sent by post.
Please ensure your supplier, and you, meet these regulations.
Conflict Minerals Policy
H-Squared supports the aims and objectives of the U.S. legislation on the supply of “conflict minerals”. A full policy statement is available below.
Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking
The company acknowledges the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and will ensure transparency within its organisation and with suppliers of goods and services to the organisation. The Company is satisfied from its own due diligence there is no evidence of any act of modern day slavery or human trafficking within its own organisation.
As part of the Company’s due diligence processes into slavery and human trafficking the supplier approval procedure incorporates a review of the controls undertaken by the supplier.
- Imported goods from sources outside the UK and EU are potentially more at risk of slavery and human trafficking issues therefore the level of management control required for these sources should be continually monitored.
- The company will not knowingly support or deal with any business involved in slavery or human trafficking.
- The Company will undertake responsibility for implementing this Policy Statement and its objectives.
- This Policy Statement will be reviewed and published annually.
Approved: Nigel Palmer - 10 November 2015