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.
Over the past twenty-two 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.
Washington (December 18, 2014)—As the holiday travel season reaches its peak the next two weeks, airline passengers should remember the importance of following the U.S. Department of Transportation safety regulations that apply to lithium batteries and battery-powered consumer electronic products in checked baggage or carry-on luggage, PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association said today. “If […]
Battery Industry Coalition Has Endorsed Tougher Air Transport Regulations for Lithium Batteries Washington (December 4, 2014) — Contrary to sensationalized media accounts, the air transport of lithium ion cells and batteries is fundamentally safe. As a result, the battery and electronics industries have an outstanding track record of safely shipping lithium ion batteries. And in […]
As Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – or drones – become more commercially available and the list of industries utilizing the technology expands, companies should be aware of the stringent transportation regulations applicable to the lithium ion batteries that power virtually every UAV. These transportation regulations address the packaging, testing and size limitations (in Watt-hours and kilograms) […]
In a letter to the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization, PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association expressed strong concerns about the dangers posed by non-compliant air shipments of lithium batteries and requested ICAO’s help to address the matter.
The Rechargeable Battery Association today thanked the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for releasing a final rule on the transport of lithium batteries, the culmination of a four and a half year effort to enhance safety by harmonizing U.S. hazardous materials transport regulations with the more stringent international dangerous goods standards, which took effect on January 1, 2013.
The ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP), meeting in Montreal the week of April 7 – 11, 2014, agreed to a prohibition on the transport of lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft and several consequential amendments to the lithium battery Packing Instructions in the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air. The DGP’s decision must now be formally ratified by the ICAO Air Navigation Commission and ICAO Council, which is expected to occur in early May, 2014. The prohibition is expected to take effect January 1, 2015.