ICAO seeks safer transport of lithium batteries

Group of experts to look into safe, fire-resistant packaging
Pilots and plane manufacturers have been saying for some time that lithium batteries pose a fire risk. Now a panel at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has agreed to assemble a group of experts to create safe, fire-resistant packaging to transport them.
The new group under the organization’s dangerous goods panel will look into how to contain a lithium battery fire. Lithium ion batteries are used in phones and laptops. The new packaging standards will also apply to lithium metal batteries, which are used in watches and are banned on passenger planes around the world.
If the group’s proposals are approved at an ICAO meeting in October, they will be included in the 2017-18 edition of ICAO’s technical instructions for the transportation of dangerous goods. The Air Line Pilots Association has applauded the move.
[image courtesy UK Department of Transport]