The United States Lithium Battery Air Safety Advisory Committee met on May 4, 2022 to continue its work on lithium battery air transport safety. This Federal Advisory Committee meets regularly to provide advice and recommendations to improve on the safe air transport of lithium batteries.
PRBA Executive Director George Kerchner and several individuals from PRBA member companies were appointed to the committee when it was first formed in 2019. Newly appointed committee members include individuals from PRBA member companies Call2Recycle and Amazon.
The May 4th committee meeting provided the U.S. Department of Transportation an opportunity to update industry on the International Civil Aviation Organization’s risk assessment project on the air transport of lithium ion battery-powered equipment and vehicles, and the lithium battery Working Documents for the next meeting of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods scheduled for June 25 – July 5, 2022. PRBA has filed several Working Documents on lithium batteries for the UN Sub-Committee meeting. PRBA Executive Director George Kerchner presented PRBA’s proposals for amending the UN38.3 lithium battery Test Summary and how right to repair initiatives and shipping refurbished lithium batteries and lithium battery-powered products has implications for compliance with the UN38.3 Test Summary.