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Lithium-ion battery-powered personal devices have moved well beyond mobile phones and laptops. Many of us have rushed to buy electric power tools, bikes, vacuums, and more. We can recharge them and use them in more places since they don’t require a power outlet. They’re safe when stored properly and great for the environment. Unfortunately, relocating with these devices is another story. Lithium-ion batteries can pose safety and environmental hazards during a household move.
If you oversee corporate relocations or are with a moving company, here are some challenges to plan for and steps you can take to avoid lithium-ion battery risks. You play an important role in educating your employees and customers. When they understand the risks, they tend to comply more fully with recommended safety precautions.
The U.S. Department of Transportation deems lithium-ion batteries a hazardous material. When you receive an online purchase of a lithium-ion battery-powered product, you’ll notice the outside packaging has a warning label. In transport, these batteries can leak toxic chemicals, catch fire, or even explode.
These events can happen on a moving van or in a shipping container for a few reasons:
Following these five steps can help keep your shipment safe:
Again, thorough customer education by movers and corporate relocation specialists leads to better compliance with safety recommendations. From your experience in the industry, you likely have stories about battery mishaps during moves. Share these stories with your customers. Real-life examples help underscore why lithium-ion battery precautions are so important. No customer wants to put their shipment at risk.
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About the author
Boris A. Populoh specializes in insurance and risk management for the global mobility and relocation industry. With over 25 years of international business and HR experience, he guides clients on ways to reduce risk and loss during the domestic and international relocation of employees. This includes guidance on lithium-ion battery safety.