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Archive for 2003

Alert To All Hazardous Material Employers

August 5th, 2003 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

Final rules in Docket HM-215E have been published in the Federal Register of July 31, 2003 (68 FR 44991). It is mostly a harmonization of 49 CFR Parts 171 through 180 with the 12th Edition of the United Nations Recommendations, the 31st Amendment of the IMO IMDG, and the 2003-2004 edition of the ICAO TI. It also includes a few miscellaneous changes based on feedback from the regulated industry, the DOT modal administrations, and the RSPA itself. Go to http://www.hazmatship.com/pdf/DOT-215EFinal.pdf to see a full copy of the published changes. This 52-page document presents a broad range of extensive changes that EVERY hazardous materials employer must review to ensure compliance. Immediate voluntary compliance is authorized with mandatory compliance by October 1, 2004.

More Focus On Closure Instructions

August 5th, 2003 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: HazMat

Within Docket HM-215E, further examination of Closure Instructions was addressed, and shippers were given the additional responsibility of verifying that proper packaging closure was intact at the time of closure as well as at the time of shipping — this presumes that there is generally a delay between initial closure and shipment. As stated in 215-E, the packaging manufacturer could state that "after filling and prior to transport, the shipper should check the tightness of closures to determine if the effects of heating, cooling or gasket relaxation have resulted in the needs to tighten the closure." Once again, every package that is UN approved for Dangerous Goods must be closed in accordance with the packaging manufacturers Closure Instructions. Also note that it is critical that the Closure Instructions used must be from the same design qualification period as when the packagings were manufactured.

Surrogate Testing Of Type A Packaging

August 5th, 2003 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: DOT/UN

As a manufacturer and supplier of the packaging component of DOT Specification 7A Type A packagings, we are sometimes asked to stencil the packagings per CFR 177,350, "USA DOT 7A Type A." This marking is merely a cosmetic enhancement requested by a customer and does not indicate that the empty drum is a 7A package. It has been the position of the DOT and the DOE that only the shipper can make the final determination of DOT spec. 7A Type A compliance after the container and its contents are ready to ship. To this end, Skolnik offers 7A Type A containers that have been tested with surrogate contents to demonstrate their capability of serving as a component to the ultimate 7A package.

"What Are Those Rings Around The Drum?"

August 5th, 2003 by Veronica Crouchelli

Filed under: HazMat

Many customers ask why steel drums have two hoops (swedges or rolling rings) in the body of the drum and some have three. While current Performance Standards do not dictate a specific number of rolling rings, it is common to find two rolling rings in Closed Head and Non-Hazardous Material Open Heads, while the Hazardous Material Open Heads most commonly have three. By expanding or stretching the metal, these rings create horizontal creases in the steel, which reinforce the strength of the container and increase rigidity. The oddly placed third ring of the Hazardous Materials Open Head serves to increase the test capabilities of the open top by helping to absorb the shock of the test drop.