Battery Fire Safety and Emergency Response


Ever since cell phones and laptop computers became omnipresent, the popularity of lithium-ion batteries has taken off. The batteries, often called LiB, are rechargeable and with higher energy capacity thus allowing on-the-go consumers to keep using devices without replacing the batteries or frequently charging them. But as the demand for LiBs has grown, so too have the safety concerns, though incidents remain rare. Recent news about hoverboards catching fire has brought the issue of battery safety into the spotlight again for the general public. Safety issues posed by modern battery energy storage technologies could place organizations that manufacture, test, transport, and deploy energy storage systems in a disadvantaged position regarding personnel safety, facility protection, emergency and safety standards (OSHA, NFPA, UL) compliance, post-incident business continuity efforts, and insurance indemnification.

In this dynamic seminar you will be introduced to the basics of battery chemistry, battery failure modes, battery fire behavior, as well as battery fire suppression considerations. More importantly, you will have the opportunity to learn how to design Safety Operating Procedure (SOP) and Emergency Response Procedure (ERP), and how to respond properly to battery safety and emergency scenarios. In addition, the current state of battery regulations and standards and safety strategies in handling, shipping, and storage of battery components will be offered.

Classroom instruction and hands-on field training are synthesized to build an effective preparatory intervention.


Upon completion of this seminar, learners should be able to:

  • Troubleshoot Battery failure
  • Detect battery fire hazards
  • Identify effective fire suppressants
  • Apply battery fire suppression principles
  • Design Safety Operating Procedure (SOP)
  • Design Emergency Response Procedure (ERP)
  • Comply with battery regulations and standards (UL 9540)
  • Apply safety strategies in handling, shipping, and storage of battery components
  • Respond properly to battery safety and emergency scenarios

Target Audience


  • AHJs
  • Battery industry
  • Energy storage industry
  • Electric vehicle industry
  • Logistics industry
  • Warehousing and battery retail industry
  • First responder industry
  • Insurance underwriting
  • Risk management

Customer Roles:

  • Product designer
  • Testing technician
  • Cargo and logistics
  • Retail employees
  • Fire marshal
  • Building code professional
  • First responder
  • Second responders (internal response)
  • Insurance underwriter and adjuster
  • Tow industry
  • Energy storage integrator
  • Risk management

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

UL Knowledge Solutions is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this eLearning series; contact your local jurisdiction for CEU recognition. 0.7 CEU will be awarded upon completion of all modules in this series.

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Time Requirement


Instructor-Led 1 day

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