Internationally recognized dangerous goods expert discusses risks of batteries in air transportation this November in Washington, DC
Needham, MA, October 9, 2014 – Janet S. McLaughlin, Deputy Director of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Hazardous Materials Safety Program, will give a keynote presentation on the risks of lithium batteries in air transportation, an issue which has recently been publicized due to numerous battery-related fires and the issuing of stricter lithium battery shipping and travel rules by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Ms. McLaughlin's address, which will be held on Thursday, November 13, will also include an update on the latest lithium battery research and testing information from the FAA Technical Center.
Ms. McLaughlin has been active in lithium battery regulations in the U.S. and in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) since 2001. Also under ICAO auspices, she has served in an advisory capacity for foreign civil aviation authorities throughout the world. Ms. McLaughlin was critical in having the HMSP sponsor lithium battery testing at the FAA Technical Center and participated in joint projects on the risk and mitigation of lithium battery fires on aircraft. Ms. McLaughlin's work at FAA also involves supporting the Department of Transportation at the UN Subcommittee on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.
The Knowledge Foundation's Fifth Annual Battery Safety conference will gather electrical engineers, cell manufacturers and safety officials and will address key safety challenges of lithium batteries and technologies for improvement. Cell-level research, systems-level safety analysis, research applications and cost reduction strategies with examples from industry, academia, government and the military will be shared.
Full program details can be found at http://www.knowledgefoundation.com/battery-safety.
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