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Archive for 2003

Skolnik Salvage Drums Pass Successfully At Tobyhanna

December 9th, 2003 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Salvage Drum

For many years, the US Department of Transportation has been randomly testing hazardous materials (dangerous goods) packagings at their Package Testing Lab in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania. Designed and manufactured to meet the performance testing criteria of the DOT and the United Nations, Tobyhanna replicates the test parameters that are indicated by the markings on hazardous materials packagings. The tests include drop height, hydrostatic pressure and stacking. DOT randomly selects packagings and buys them from resellers or end users, prior to usage. In 2003, DOT focused on two Skolnik Salvage Drum products, purchased several of these drums from our customers, and subjected each drum to the UN Performance criteria. Just 3 weeks ago, we received notification from the DOT that all the drums performed in compliance with their markings. Just another reason why all our drums are made thicker, heavier and stronger then industry standards.

FMC To Visit Domestic Haz Mat Carriers

December 9th, 2003 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat

Field officials with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will visit most of the nation‘s hazardous material carriers in the coming months. Their mission is to increase the level of awareness of hazardous material carriers to terrorist threats. These visits will not result in a compliance review or enforcement action. The information being provided by the field staff will be in the form of recommendations and suggestions, except those regulatory requirements affecting the actual movement of hazardous materials. The main highlights of the Security Talking Points are: General Security, Personnel Security, Hazardous Materials and Package Controls, En Route Security, Technical Innovations, Management Initiatives and Communications. These recommendations may not apply to all carriers, based on their size and scope of operation. Additionally, this list will be changed based on future priorities to address terrorist threats.

Homeland Security Encouraging "Smart Box" Tracking

December 9th, 2003 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat

Early next year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will unveil a program for smart container seals that guarantee shipments have not been tampered with after inspection at foreign ports. The smart-seal program is part of the effort to ensure that no bombs or hazardous materials find their way into about seven million containers arriving at U.S. ports each year. Speaking at the recent E-Gov Homeland Security Conference in Washington, Jayson P. Ahern, Assistant Commissioner of Field Operations for the Customs and Border Protection Bureau, said a number of vendors are now testing smart-seal technologies. The quest for a "smart box" is part of the service‘s policy of pushing the nation’s first line of defense farther away from U.S. borders.

Quick Lever-lock Reduces Drum Closing Time And Energy

December 9th, 2003 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: Salvage Drum

Recently introduced as an alternative to conventional bolt ring closures, Skolnik customers find that not having to whack drums before closing is a monumental improvement to the final drum closure process. The patented Quick-Lever design is the first toggle-style ring to ever be used successfully for UN certified Open Head drums and the ’T’ Salvage Drums. In addition to the performance integrity, one customer reports that they have reduced the drum closure process from 6 minutes to less then 30 seconds and that due to the severe labor savings and the minimal ring cost, their overall profit margin has improved. Call or email us if you are ready to "Whack No More" and resolve your Drum closure process.