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Serving as the Voice of the Rechargeable Power Industry, Representing its Members on Legislative, Regulatory and Standards issues at the State, Federal and International Level.

PRBA - The Leader in the Rechargeable Battery Industry

Over the past twenty-seven years PRBA has developed cooperative working relationships with transportation and environmental organizations ranging from local and national groups throughout North America to national and international industry related trade associations and government agencies in Europe and Asia.

In 2004, PRBA was granted official observer status by the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonised System of Chemical Classification and Labeling. These relationships will assist PRBA member companies in dealing with “globalization” issues such as the transportation of, collection, and labeling of rechargeable batteries as they manufacture and sell globally.

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Feb 12 2019

OSHA Issues New Safety Bulletin on “Preventing Fire and/or Explosion Injury from Small and Wearable Lithium Battery Powered Devices”

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a Safety and Health Information Bulletin entitled, “Preventing Fire and/or Explosion Injury from Small and Wearable Lithium Battery Powered Devices.”  The Bulletin includes a number of lithium battery safety guidelines that the Agency suggests employers could use as part of their safety and health program.

Jan 28 2019

PRBA Files Comments on U.S. Department of Transportation Harmonization Rulemaking

PRBA filed on January 28th extensive comments on the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) HM-215O harmonization rulemaking.  PRBA conveyed their support for PHMSA’s efforts to harmonize the U.S. hazardous materials regulations with the international dangerous goods regulations, but also identified two issues of concern.

Dec 28 2018

PRBA’s Message to Holiday Flyers Traveling With Lithium Batteries: Follow Santa In Making a Safety List And Checking It Twice

PRBA-The Rechargeable Battery Association today released its annual holiday safety reminder for airline passengers traveling with lithium batteries and battery-powered electronic devices, including laptops, mobile phones, toys, video games, e-cigarettes and vaporizers.

“The holiday season is exciting and stressful for holiday travelers, whether heading home for the holidays or going on vacation. With air travel predicted to jump 5.2 per cent from in 2017 to 45.7 million during this year’s 18-day holiday season, PRBA urges passengers to comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations for lithium batteries and battery-powered devices placed in checked luggage and carry-ons,” PRBA Executive Director George Kerchner said.

Dec 4 2018

IATA Issues Updated Lithium Battery Guidance Document for 2019 with PRBA-Endorsed FAQ on New Test Summary Requirement

IATA released its annual Lithium Battery Guidance Document that includes a new FAQ on the lithium battery Test Summary.  The FAQ was originally prepared by PRBA, RECHARGE and MDBTC and filed with the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel.  The wide dissemination of the FAQ will help to ensure a consistent interpretation of the Test Summary requirements that take effect internationally on January 1, 2020.

Nov 26 2018

Vermont Task Force Hears Testimony from PRBA Executive Director on Dangers of Unauthorized Electronics Repairs

Stories of exploding batteries provided a gripping illustration for policymakers at a Monday morning hearing on the sometimes abstract concept of “right to repair.”

“You’ve all seen the videos on YouTube of a hoverboard catching on fire,” George Kerchner, a lobbyist from the Rechargeable Battery Association, said to the lawmakers and state officials on a right to repair task force on Monday. Heads nodded in agreement.

Oct 15 2018

Battery Industry Begins Public Safety Campaign against Misuse of Li-Ion Cells in E-Cigarettes

Manufacturers Also Urge Retailers and Government Agencies to Help Prevent Misuse of 18650 Power Cells in E-cigarettes

WASHINGTON, DC, October 15, 2018 – Leading battery manufacturers and industry trade groups have begun a nationwide consumer awareness campaign called Be-cigarettesafe that cautions users of e-cigarette and vaping devices of the risks associated with the misuse of replaceable lithium-ion power cells.

Manufacturers of these cells, commonly known as “18650” cells, never intended them to be used as stand-alone power sources in e-cigarette and vaping devices or to be handled directly by consumers as loose, replaceable power sources. Doing so may put consumers’ safety at risk.