The United Nations Committee of Experts on the transport of dangerous goods continues to focus on establishing a universal format of regulatory harmonization. It is an ongoing project to standardize chemical classifications and labeling systems while assessing the risks of chemical transports. Since this issue relates specifically to harmonized packaging, SKOLNIK has prepared a table offering our entire spectrum of drum products and their harmonization to CFR 49, UN, RID, IATA, IMO and ICAO compliance. A free copy of this document is available upon request.
STEEL DRUM INDUSTRY NEWS, TRENDS AND ISSUES
Archive for April, 1999
In February 1999, SKOLNIK participated in the 1st Annual International Conference of the Hazardous Materials Advisory Council. Located in Brussels, the Conference brought together a network of international professionals from many aspects of the dangerous goods community. Regulatory officials from many countries, third party testers, dangerous goods shippers, dangerous goods transporters, dangerous goods warehousers and dangerous goods packagers were only a few of the diverse group that met to further promote global safe transport of hazardous materials. With much experience in international business, SKOLNIK gladly offers to introduce our customers to our worldwide network of contacts and ‘professional’ friends in order to help expand global opportunities. We have a contact network that can assist you from regulatory research to further penetration of your target market.
Releases from trucks carrying various dangerous goods increased in 1997 though flammable liquid releases decreased slightly. Thirty-eight percent of releases in fatal crashes were from flammable liquid cargo in ‘96, and dropped to 29% in ’97. But Class 9 dangerous goods, which include liquid and solid haz-waste and PCB‘s, increased from 9% in ’96 to 31% in ‘97. Hazardous materials play a minor role in domestic truck crash statistics as hazardous cargo in most cases is not released in accidents. However, shippers are cautioned to consider transport mode when selecting packaging and to upgrade from minimum standards to reduce risk of accidental failure.