Salvage Drums manufactured in compliance with CFR 173.3 are often reconditioned for reuse. As a package requlated by the US-DOT, Salvage Drums that are reconditioned must be in accordance with CFR 173.28. More specifically, in order to be considered a reconditionable container, an 85 US Gallon Salvage Drum would have to be constructed of all 1.77 mm (0.070") metal thickness and have been Leakproofness tested and marked in accordance with 178.604 at 48 kPa (7.0 ps) for Packing Group I, and 20 kPa (3.0 psi) for Packing Groups II and III. Though some reconditioned Salvage Drums are available in the domestic market, none have been found to meet the reconditioning criteria of the DOT. Given the stepped-up field research being conducted by the DOT on new and reconditioned drums, it is important that reconditioned Salvage Drum users validate the compliance of their drums to the DOT regulation.
STEEL DRUM INDUSTRY NEWS, TRENDS AND ISSUES
Archive for July, 1998
With over 400 container combinations, hundreds of optional features, exacting delivery requirements and various customer contacts, we require written confirmation of all requirements. From order placement to special instructions, we accept mail, fax, email and EDI as a document of written confirmation. In the case of an "advance verbal notification", it too should be confirmed in writing. This policy serves to eliminate miscommunication of instructions and unhappy customer experiences.
Though not frequent, criminal prosecutions for HazMat crimes are becoming a real concern for shippers. Recently, the President of a freight consolidating company pleaded guilty to criminal charges for shipping an undeclared pesticide aboard a commercial aircraft. The resulting sentence was eight months in jail followed by eight months of home confinement. As a HazMat shipper, share this information with your management team so that they are aware of the increased risk of shipping improperly packaged or undeclared products. This is not the time to select the least expensive solution as a small, short-term saving could result in a long term risk.