By far, one of the most critical components to a proper drum seal is the gasket. Since the adoption of POPS, new gasket styles, materials and profiles have entered the market to increase drum integrity and performance. However, drum fillers must be aware that all gaskets need to be inspected prior to sealing or closing a drum. Whether it‘s the first time closed, or a repeated closure, check the gasket for any irregularities including, but not limited to: crumbling, cracking, slicing, tearing, is it properly seated into the cover groove or on top of the bead, is the bond to the metal intact, and does the gasket exhibit memory. In the event that a user should believe the gasket to be questionable, you can ask the original equipment manufacturer for a replacement gasket. It is important that replacement gasket be the same as the original gasket with which the drums was tested.
Drum It Up! Steel Drum Industry News, Trends, and Issues
Archive for 1999
According to the US-DOT (CFR 173.3) and the Recommendations of the United Nations, Salvage Drums are to be used to prevent and temporarily contain damaged, defective or leaking packages from causing a dangerous goods incident. To date, Salvage Drums are seen throughout the world as a simple and cost effective means to deal with these interrupted shipments. Examples where a Salvage Drum can be used are if a transport company finds a leaking container in its facility or a manufacturing plant finds a container that has been filled and is leaking before it is offered for transportation. These leaking drums can be put into a Salvage Drum and shipped back to the consignee, sent to a product transfer location or sent for disposal. Recently, several shipments of non-compliant packages have also been put into Salvage Drums, despite the fact that the inner drums were not damaged or leaking. DOT is aware that placing an undamaged non-compliant container in a salvage drum and shipping it to a destination where the material can be repackaged or disposed of is probably safer than repackaging the material at the location where the non-compliant container is found.
The Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) is aware of incidents where heat generated by batteries or devices that contain batteries have caused smoke and/or the initiation of a fire while the article was in transport. RSPA has issued an advisory that electrical storage devices or articles that contain batteries are forbidden from transport unless properly prepared and packaged. Incidents involving a smoking air-shipment of lithium batteries, a smoking air-shipment of lawnmowers, passenger suitcases that contained camcorders and other products with installed batteries have all created dangerous incidents that interrupted the transport and endangered those who came into contact with the shipments. Docket Number RSPA-98-4185 (HM215C) identified the conditions that must be met before dry batteries may be offered for transport in commerce. Refer to 172.102 and 173.21 to begin researching the proper packaging requirements for these batteries.
RSPA recently completed a new training video for the hazardous material community. Titled, ‘Hazardous Materials: General Awareness and Familiarization," this is an excellent opportunity to bring Haz-Mat awareness and training into your office, factory and even home! At a cost of $10.00, contact the DOT at 1-800-467-4922 (Select Option 3) or visit the RSPA Web Site at: http://Hazama.dot.gov/pubforsa.htm to order your own video copy.
On December 31st, 1999, Al Roberts will retire from overseeing the safe global transport of hazardous materials. As Associate Administrator of DOT‘s Research and Special Programs Administration, his contributions established the US as the leader in dangerous goods transport. Among his many accomplishments, Al was responsible for the implementation of the current UN Packaging Standards that are enforced by the DOT. While a successor to the position has not yet been chosen, Al leaves behind a legacy of regulatory and enforcement action that is often seen as a global standard. Congratulations and Thank You AL!
Within the US-DOT Performance Oriented Packaging Specifications, container manufacturers are required to issue container closure instructions to their customers. These instructions often require that containers be closed using specific tools and gauges, and often reference different closure torque‘s for similar products. Customers are expressing concerns to the DOT about the difficult process of isolating each container by the original manufacturer, design type and torque requirement. Members of the National Association of Chemical Distributors and the Reusable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA) have met with DOT in order to address these concerns. If you would like to join or find out more about this effort, please contact Paul Rankin of RIPA at 301.577.3786 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.