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Archive for 2004

Incident Reporting Of Hazmat Spills Is Required

November 9th, 2004 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

In the event that a hazmat incident should occur while in transit, a Hazardous Materials Incident Report must be filed at the time the incident is discovered. Reporting requirements apply whenever any of the conditions in CFR 171.16 are met. Found in 171.16, a completed DOT Form F5800.1 must be submitted within 30 days of the discovery of the incident. Those incidents that qualify for reporting are specified in CFR 171.15(b) and are defined as unintentional releases of a hazardous material or the discharge of any quantity of hazardous waste. Shippers should be familiar with these two regulations before a hazmat shipment becomes in-transit.

Check Out What’s New At Skolnik.com

November 9th, 2004 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Cool Stuff, HazMat

As much as everyone enjoys the Skolnik website, we continue to put our heads together and continuously improve the posted information. We know that our customers and hazmat shippers need technical answers to their compliance questions and www.skolnik.com is an information source for steel containers like you have never seen on the web. You can examine over 400 container products or check out the Resource Center with a Glossary of Drum Terms, a Dictionary of the Skolnik UN products, Frequently Asked Questions, and charts to even help you calculate the number of drums that fit into just about any container. We’ve added paint color charts, a Newsletter archive, and a list of your friends at Skolnik…with pictures. Take a minute, visit:www.skolnik.com and let me know if there is anything extremely helpful or possibly missing.

DOT Enhances Closure Instruction Requirements

October 5th, 2004 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Safety

On October 1, 2004, the new U.S. hazmat provisions issued as HM 215-E becameeffective. Per CFR49, 178.2(c), all shippers of hazardous materials are responsible for following the closure instructions that accompany all UN or DOT marked packagings.Closure instructions must now include any "procedures" used in assembling and closing the packaging for the "purpose of preventing leakage in transportation". An example would be using a mallet to better secure a ring. Also, DOT suggests that a container must be securely closed when filled 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 need to tighten the closure. Closure instructions are NOT generic and must be current. Skolnik provides closure instructions for every product manufactured. If you need a current copy, please contact Customer Service, or download here.

Can A UN Marked Liquids Drum Be Used For Solids?

October 5th, 2004 by Bill Fitzgerald

Filed under: DOT/UN, Safety

Our customers are frequently asking this question. While most of the open head drums manufactured by Skolnik are dual tested and marked for both liquids and solids, the closed head drums are only tested and marked for liquids. However, in some cases, a product can be a liquid when filled and solidify during transport. In this case, some inspectors have declared that as solids, they should be in a solids container. Thus the shipment is declared non-compliant and refused. In CFR 49 173.24a(b)(3), DOT does permit the use of a liquids container for a solid, and offers an equivalent calculation to achieve container maximum weight for single or composite packagings that are Packing Group I, II or III. If a shipper can comply with this calculation and indicate that the liquids container does comply with 173.24a(b)(3), then shipping the solid in the liquid marked container is compliant. Of course, the dual marked container is still preferable.