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Archive for 1999

DOT Invites You To Chicago To Discuss Effectiveness

August 10th, 1999 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Industry News

On 11 August 1999, the DOT is hosting a public focus group meeting to discuss the issues concerning the effectiveness of their programs. This, the second of three meetings will address the current approach for gaining compliance and will consider the methods and ways in which the DOT‘s various operating administration’s intervene to improve safety. There will be presentations by the DOT and a panel discussion, including yours truly, to respond to experiences and issues raised. I encourage you to attend this meeting to listen, learn and effect change. The location is at the FAA Building, 2300 East Devon Ave., Des Plaines, IL on Wed, 11 August from 9am to 4pm.

Is It A Salvage Drum Or An Overpack?

August 10th, 1999 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Salvage Drum

Many Skolnik customers call in search of Salvage Drums or Overpacks, and thanks to our sales staff awareness, we are able to discern exactly which type of container these customers really need. In fact, the difference between a Salvage Drum and and Overpack is based on the regulated usage of the package, even though they may appear similar in size. Per CFR 171.8. An Overpack is "an enclosure used by a single consignor to provide protection or convenience in the handling of a package or to consolidate two or more packages". Whereas a Salvage Drum (Packaging) "means a special packaging conforming to CFR 173.3 into which damaged, defective or leaking hazardous materials packages, or hazardous materials that have spilled or leaked, are placed for purposes of transport for recovery or disposal." Salvage Drums are not regulated as primary packages, whereas an Overpack can be a component of a UN certified primary package.

Don‘t Overlook Haz-mat Training

August 10th, 1999 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

More than one-third of the DOT‘s Research and Special Programs Administration enforcement actions pertain to violations of the hazardous materials transportation regulations involving the failure of hazmat employers to provide training or maintain test records and function specific training. Some HazMat employers rely on outside training persons to perform the necessary training functions. In this case, it is incumbent upon the employers to check the qualifications and references of the trainer. It is also necessary to identify if the training is for general awareness or a specific type of function performed within the company. HazMat training should be completed on a regular basis and not after a particular incident. Proper training will help to protect your company from civil proceedings resulting from liability or punitive damages.

"More User Friendly," "Cool Links," And "I Go There Almost Daily"

August 10th, 1999 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Cool Stuff, HazMat

are some of the comments submitted to us about the recent improvements that we have made to our Web Site (www.skolnik.com). We added animated pop-ups which let visitors quickly send us an email or register for our monthly Newsletter. There is now an important Hazardous Materials hyperlinks page that we welcome visitors to Bookmark as a favorite and return for fast access to critical information. We have added a Customer Survey so that visitors can offer suggestions about how Skolnik can continue to improve products and service. In all, we hope that you use this Site regularly and that you will help us to continue making it a valuable resource for researching hazardous materials products, regulations and information.