Lithium: A Novel Occupational Hazard in Electric Vehicle Battery Production and Life Cycle

Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Presented By: James Craner, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACP & Matthew Le, MPH, CIH, CSP

This webinar will provide an overview of the extraction, use, life cycle, and toxicity and exposure assessment of lithium, the key metal in EV battery applications. Participants will also explore opportunities and challenges for leaders in the EV industry to develop and implement Best Practices for medical surveillance, industrial hygiene, and product stewardship for lithium. 

Learning Objectives

On completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how lithium is extracted, formulated, and incorporated in EV batteries, and “how it works”

  • Identify the known human health effects of lithium from its pharmacological applications, the extent to which lithium is currently recognized as an occupational hazard, and how extensive human toxicology information can be effectively applied to preventing and monitoring health effects from occupational exposures

  • Explain industrial hygiene challenges and strategies for measuring and controlling lithium in the EV battery manufacturing, recovery, and recycling process

  • Discuss how leaders in the EV industry approach development and adoption of Best Practices in EV battery manufacturing, usage and recycling for medical surveillance, industrial hygiene, and product stewardship


James Craner, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACP is an Occupational & Environmental Medicine physician in private practice who serves as Corporate Medical Director for Tesla, Inc. Dr. Craner has 24 years’ experience in clinical and consultative practice in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of occupational and environmental diseases, with extensive experience in medical surveillance and compliance program development for hazardous, highly regulated industries. He serves as assistant clinical professor in the UCSF School of Medicine and is a member of the COEH Advisory Board representing Nevada.

Matthew Le, MPH, CIH, CSP is the Senior Manager for Industrial Hygiene & Occupational Health for Tesla, Inc. Mr. Le leads Tesla’s global strategy and initiatives related to worker health for automotive, EV battery, and solar products manufacturing and service. He has over ten years of professional experience leading teams of health and safety professionals and managing global workplace safety and health programs.


Industrial Hygienists: ABIH® Diplomats may be eligible to earn up to 1.0 contact hours. Visit for more information.

Safety Professionals: Certified Safety Professionals may be eligible to earn up to 1.0 contact hours by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Visit for more information.

Nurses: COEH Continuing Education Program (BRN Provider # 12983) has approved this webinar for 1.0 contact hours.