Lithium BR-C Type Cylindrical Battery Product Information Sheet

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Product Information Sheet
Panasonic Batteries
Product: Poly- carbonmonofluoride
(BR Type) Lithium Batteries
Applicable models/sizes: Only our BR-C
type cylindrical battery.
Revision: January 1, 2015
Panasonic Industrial Company
A Division Panasonic Corporation of North America
5201 Tollview Drive, 1F-3
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Toll Free:
e-mail: [email protected]
The batteries referenced herein are exempt articles and are not subject to the OSHA Hazard
Communication Standard requirement. This sheet is provided as a service to our customers.
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are a sub-requirement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR Subpart 1910.1200. This Hazard Communication Standard does not
apply to various subcategories including anything defined by OSHA as an "article". OSHA has defined "article" as a
manufactured item other than a fluid or particle; (i) which is formed to a specific shape or design during manufacture; (ii)
which has end use function(s) dependent in whole or in part upon its shape or design during end use; and (iii) which
under normal conditions of use does not release more than very small quantities, e.g. minute or trace amounts of a
hazardous chemical, and does not pose a physical hazard or health risk to employees.
Because all of our batteries are defined as "articles", they are exempt from the requirements of the Hazard
Communication Standard; hence a MSDS is not required.
The following components are found in a Panasonic Poly-carbonmonofluoride (BR) Lithium battery:
Cylindrical Cell Components
Positive Electrode
Negative Electrode
y-Butyrolactone -Solvent
1,2 Dimethoxyethane-Solvent
Lithium Tetrafluroborate-Salt
Lithium batteries are neither specifically listed nor exempted from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
hazardous waste regulations as promulgated by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The only metal
of possible concern in a lithium battery is lithium that is not a listed or characteristic toxic hazardous waste. Waste lithium
batteries can be considered a reactive hazardous waste if there is a significant amount of unreacted, or unconsumed
lithium remaining in the spent battery. The key to disposing of a lithium battery as a non-hazardous waste is to guarantee
that it is fully or mostly discharged. Once it is discharged it can be disposed of as non-hazardous waste.
You can dispose of a fully charged or partially discharged lithium battery as a hazardous waste after they are first
neutralized through an approved secondary treatment. The need for a secondary treatment prior to disposal is a
requirement of the U.S. Land Ban Restrictions of the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984. A secondary
treatment center can only receive these batteries as manifested hazardous waste. The waste code for charged lithium
batteries is D003, reactive. Disposal of large quantities of undischarged lithium batteries should be performed by
permitted, professional disposal firms knowledgeable in Federal, State and local hazardous materials and hazardous
waste transportation and disposal requirements. As always, households are exempt from the RCRA hazardous waste
guidelines. Check your local area for any recycling options.
Notice: The information and recommendations set forth are made in good faith and are believed to be accurate at the date of preparation.
Panasonic Industrial Company makes no warranty expressed or implied.
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Panasonic BR-C lithium batteries are not subject to the requirements of the Department of Transportation (DOT)
Subchapter C, Hazardous Materials Regulations if shipped by ground in compliance with 49 CFR 173.185(c). The
DOT regulates our BR-C battery as a “medium” sized battery. One of the requirements of is that the package of
According to ICAO, 2015-2016 edition, IATA, 56th edition and IMO regulations, 2012 edition, 36th Amendment, the
Panasonic BR-C battery must be shipped as a fully regulated Class 9 dangerous good. These regulatory agencies
do not recognize the concept of a DOT “medium” sized battery.
All Panasonic lithium cells are tested and comply with the UN Model Regulations, Manual of Test and Criteria, Part
III, subsection 38.3.
If you build any of our lithium cells into a battery pack, you must also assure that they are tested in accordance with
the UN Model Regulations, Manual of Test and Criteria. Part III, subsection 38.3, 5th revised edition, Amendment 2.
If you plan on transporting any untested prototype battery packs contact your Panasonic Sales Representative for
regulatory information.
First Aid
If you get electrolyte in your eyes, flush with water for 15 minutes without rubbing and immediately contact a
physician. If you get electrolyte on your skin wash the area immediately with soap and water. If irritation continues,
contact a physician. If a battery is ingested, call the National Capital Poison Center (NCPC) at 202-625-333 (Collect)
or your local poison center immediately
General Recommendations
CAUTION: Risk of fire, explosion and burns. Do not recharge, crush, heat above 212OF (100OC) or incinerate.
Fire Safety
In case of fire, you can use a Class “D” fire extinguisher or other smothering agent such as Lith-X, copper powder or dry
sand. If you use water, use enough to smother the fire. Using an insufficient amount of water will only make the fire
worse. Cooling the exterior of the batteries will help prevent rupturing. Burning of these batteries will generate toxic and
corrosive lithium hydroxide fumes. Fire fighters should use self-contained breathing apparatus. Detailed information on
fighting a lithium metal battery fire can be found in Guide 138 (Substances – Water – Reactive) of the US DOT Emergency
Response Guide.
Notice: The information and recommendations set forth are made in good faith and are believed to be accurate at the date of preparation.
Panasonic Industrial Company makes no warranty expressed or implied.
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