Hazardous Materials: Shipping Lithium Batteries under DOT Exemptions

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This activity-based 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. You'll be presented with three shipping situations involving common types of lithium batteries found in workplaces. For each situation, you'll identify the type of batteries being shipped, select the appropriate entry from the DOT Hazardous Materials Table, and determine what exception applies and how it affects the packaging, marking, labeling, and preparation of shipping papers for each type of lithium battery. 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.


  • differentiate between lithium ion and lithium metal batteries
  • choose the correct description for batteries you ship
  • package and ship lithium batteries when the package meets the criteria for an exception
  • package and ship lithium batteries that qualify for an exception
  • package and ship lithium batteries for disposal or recycling


  • Introduction to Shipping Lithium Batteries
  • Scenario 1: Shipping a Single Laptop Battery
  • Scenario 2: Shipping a Single Lithium Metal Battery
  • Scenario 3: Shipping Waste Lithium Ion Batteries