FAA prohibits air transport of Braille Battery

The US Department of Transportations Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an emergency order to restrict and prohibit Braille Battery, Inc. of Sarasota, Fla., from offering to transport by air any lithium ion battery not in compliance with the DOT´s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) or the International Civil Aviation Organizations (ICAO) technical instructions, the company said.

Despite FAA warnings, Braille Battery failed to ship lithium ion batteries in accordance with appropriate regulations and continued to offer for air transport lithium ion batteries that were not properly tested, violating the HMR. Further, the FAA determined that Braille Battery´s overall conditions and practices constitute an imminent hazard.

As a lithium ion battery manufacturer, Braille Battery is responsible for ensuring that any lithium ion battery it offers for transportation is properly tested for classification, packaged, marked and labeled prior to offering for transportation. In addition, Braille Battery, as a hazmat employer, must ensure that employees who perform functions regulated under the HMR are trained adequately.