Lithium batteries are subject to the Hazardous Materials Regulation (HMR) of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). This regulation applies to any material that the DOT determines may pose an unreasonable risk to health, safety and property when transported in commerce. As such, lithium batteries must meet all applicable HMR requirements when offered for transportation or transported by air, road, rail, or water.The Notices and Announcements section of the WSU website is a service provided to the university community for sharing events such as conferences, training, and other types of highly transactional information. Publications that are automatically uploaded are reviewed to ensure they comply with state statutes and ethical guidelines, but they are not edited for spelling, grammar or clarity.The WSU is hosting a virtual conference on January 1st to celebrate National Racial Healing Day.
The event will focus on personal care, mindfulness and love as acts of nonviolent resistance to oppression. Award-winning author Robin Wall Kimmerer will be the keynote speaker. The event is free and open to the public.In order to maintain fiscal health during a period of declining tuition and tuition revenues, the WSU has asked campuses, colleges and units to plan for a 6% reduction in core fund budgets. New research from the WSU shows that the cost of ammonia produced sustainably through steam or water electrolysis is comparable to that of current methods using natural gas or coal.The European Portable Battery Association (EPBA), along with other international battery producers, associations and special interest groups, recently wrote a letter to the Compliance Programs Directorate of the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The letter expressed concern about OSHA's application of its hazard communication standard (HCS), 29 CFR § 1910.200, regarding “lithium-ion batteries”. Hans Craen, Secretary General of EPBA, received a response from Kapust, interim director of the Compliance Programs Department.