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Archive for 2000

Did You Know That According To The DOT…

November 7th, 2000 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

  1. The transportation of hazardous materials exclusively on private property, to which signs, gates and guard stations prevent public access, is not subject to the Hazardous Materials Regulations.
  2. If a carrier is present during the time of unloading and the motive power is still attached to the transport vehicle when an incident occurs, the carrier is responsible for submitting an incident report per CFR 171.16. If the carrier has dropped the transport vehicle and the motive power is removed from the premises, the carrier obligation is fulfilled and transportation is ended; thus, the hazardous materials incident reporting would not apply.
  3. Employees subject to hazardous materials training must be tested for general awareness/familiarization, function specific and safety training in accordance with CFR 172.704. In addition, recurrent training must cover these three primary areas of knowledge. Therefore, an employee must successfully pass initial hazardous materials training in addition to recurrent training. Recurrent training cannot be waived.
  4. If a hazardous material at ambient temperatures meets the definition of a solid under CFR 171.8 when packaged and offered for transportation, it is a solid material. However, if the solid will likely encounter temperatures in transportation that may cause the material to become a liquid per CFR 173.197(e)(5), then the packaging must be capable of containing the hazardous material in the liquid state.

Understanding A ‘tight’ Plug And Bolt

October 10th, 2000 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Uncategorized

Tightness in an assembly is predicated on the fact that materials have a tendency to return to their original thickness or length when they are compressed or stretched. A screw-head functions as one side of a clamp and a nut as the other side. Application of torque stretches the screw between the head and the threads that compress the clamped components. Having created conflict within the screw, the inherent tendency will be to return to its shorter length. These pressures maximize frictional resistance and create tightness. Loosening tendencies can be attributed to material yielding, expansion and contraction, shock and vibration. While shock absorbers such as gaskets and washers do prevent or reduce loosening, it is imperative that torque tightness be verified whenever storage or transit conditions might result in loosening.

No More Closure Tools! No More Whacking!!

October 10th, 2000 by Veronica Crouchelli

Filed under: Salvage Drum

Continuing to turn the heads of 85 Gallon Steel Salvage Drum users, using the new Quick-Closure Lever-Lock means that you have to "Whack No More" (TM) when closing a Salvage Drum for shipment. The patent-pending ring is designed to open wide for it‘s initial seating without the need for force. Once on the drum, with the gasket firmly in place, the lever brings together the removeable cover with the drum body and forms a secure closure which has passed the United Nations Certification testing. Customers are finding that by using this Quick-Closure ring, they are able to close their drums faster, without tools, without the need to verify torque, and without any pinched fingers! For an added charge of $2.50 each, the "Whack No More" Quick-Closure Ring is a significant improvement to drum handling. Also, in late 2000, the ring will be available for 55 Gallon drums too.

Torque Wrenches Specifically Sought After By Dot

October 10th, 2000 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: DOT/UN

As reported in previous Newsletters, the DOT inspectors are making their rounds to insure that packaging manufacturers comply with Performance Oriented Packaging requirements, and that fillers comply with proper closure instructions (CFR 178.2©). If you are using either Open or Closed Head Drums, proper closure requires a specific measured torque. Therefore, DOT Inspectors will expect you to have a Torque Wrench in use, when closing drums prior to shipment and to be able to demonstrate current torque calibration. Available in 30, 20 and 12 foot-pound capacities, SKOLNIK‘s Torque Wrench set is designed to "click" when desired torque is reached. Furthermore, color-coding makes choosing the right wrench a snap.