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Monday April 24, 2017

CPSC to Offer Training in China on Batteries

Battery safety is the topic of an all-day training session by CPSC staff scheduled to occur May 16 in Shenzhen, China. CPSC's calendar notice asserts that the free session will focus "on the safe application of lithium-ion batteries in consumer products."

 

Partnering in the event will be the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), UL, and the International Federation of Inspection Agencies (IFIA). The notice mentions "lithium-ion battery manufacturers, product developers, and designers" as target participants.

 

The contacts for more information on the session are Liu Xiangning (liuxiangning@ccpit.org) or Steve Williams (sawilliams@cpsc.gov). Williams is CPSC's China program manager. Other agency staffers slated to participate are Douglas Lee, battery project manager, and Jake Miller, Beijing embassy product safety attaché.

 

Overheating batteries have become one of the higher profile product safety issues in recent years. The risk typically is associated with devices like smart phones and tablets, but they also have drawn attention in products like hoverboards.

 

Meanwhile, one of the session partners, IFIA, recently reached out to CPSC for better interaction (PSL, 3/20/17). The group includes many testing labs, and the thrust of last month's two-hour roundtable was better communication on understanding the agency's views on testing.