Hazardous Materials: Shipping Lithium Batteries under DOT Exceptions via Highway

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Lithium batteries are used as power sources in a wide variety of equipment. Although they're useful, these batteries can pose a risk to health, safety, and property when they're transported. This course covers Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements for packaging and shipping lithium batteries for transport by highway within the United States. The course focuses on lithium batteries that qualify for DOT exceptions. This course does not address the requirements for shipping lithium batteries by aircraft, rail, or vessel. Nor does it cover fully regulated batteries, which have more stringent requirements than those being shipped under an exception. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.


  • recognize the characteristics of lithium ion and lithium metal batteries
  • identify the shipping conditions for batteries you ship
  • identify characteristics and shipping details for lithium batteries
  • recognize how to package and ship lithium batteries when the package meets the criteria for an exception
  • identify the packaging and shipping requirements for a single laptop battery
  • identify the marking and labeling requirements for shipping a lithium metal battery
  • recognize the shipping requirements for lithium metal batteries
  • identify the exceptions when shipping waste lithium batteries
  • recognize the exceptions that apply when shipping lithium batteries for disposal or recycling


  • Introduction to Shipping Lithium Batteries
  • Knowledge Check: Lithium Batteries
  • Shipping a Single Laptop Battery
  • Knowledge Check: Shipping One Laptop Battery
  • Shipping a Single Lithium Metal Battery
  • Knowledge Check: Shipping Lithium Metal Batteries
  • Shipping Waste Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Knowledge Check: Shipping Waste Lithium Batteries