The International Foundation for Chemical Logistics (IFCL) and the Dutch Association for Chemical Warehousing (VNCW) are collaborating to develop a best practice guide for dealing with scenarios involving lithium-ion batteries in warehouses. This initiative is being undertaken to address the growing concerns regarding the safe handling and storage of these batteries, which have become increasingly prevalent in various industries, including the automotive, electronics, and energy sectors.

Lithium-ion batteries have become the preferred power source for many applications due to their high energy density, light weight, and longer life span compared to other battery technologies. However, these batteries also pose a significant safety risk, especially when they are mishandled, damaged, or improperly stored. The risk of thermal runaway, explosion, and fire is particularly high when these batteries are exposed to heat, mechanical stress, or other adverse conditions.

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