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Archive for 2004

A Money Saving Haz-mat Compliance Manual

July 6th, 2004 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

Unsure whether you have properly classified your hazardous material? Have you packaged it properly? Are your shipping documents correct? So many questions arise when shipping hazardous materials and the US DOT is not equipped to promptly respond to most shipper questions. However, a newly revised manual from Currie Associates is a low cost and highly efficient way to review the compliance requirements for these dangerous goods shipments. Broken down into eight modules the manual covers use of the HazMat Table; preparation of shipping papers; marking of packages; labeling; placarding; emergency response and incident reporting; haz mat training; security training and packaging. At $69.00 + shipping, this Manual can save you thousands of non-compliance dollars. For a copy contact Currie Associates at 518.761.0668 or email your request to: mail@currieassociates.com.

Salvage Drum Definition To Be Revised To Include Non-conforming

July 6th, 2004 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Salvage Drum

The Research and Special Projects Administration (RSPA) of the DOT is expected to comply with a proposal to include "non-conforming" packagings within the definition of a Salvage Drum. This change was sought by the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council to be consistent with provisions in the 12th Revised Edition of the UN Model Regulations. The term "non-conforming" would apply, for example, to an undamaged primary container that is found to be tested to a performance level which is less than that required for the specific substance it contains. The current Salvage Drum definition only allows for "packages of hazardous materials that are damaged, defective, or found leaking or hazardous materials that have spilled or leaked."

Five Hundred Years Of Service At Skolnik

July 6th, 2004 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Cool Stuff, HazMat

Last week, a long time customer called to inquire about a regulatory interpretation dealing with hazardous materials packaging. Familiar to our staff, a discussion ensued, creative options were offered and the customer mentioned how unique and special it is to get so much attention for just asking a technical question. This incident illustrates the culture at Skolnik, a culture that actually combines to be more then 500 years of service to the dangerous goods packaging community. Our most senior staff member is Sandy Jacobsen who logs an impressive 38 years at Skolnik. I am second with 26, Veronica Crouchelli 20, Dean Ricker 13, Tom Kreiniker and Ilya Solyar 12, and the list goes on. All tolled, the years of service of our entire workforce exceeds 500 years! Knowing the Hazardous Material world is who we are and what we do everyday. Call or email us to ask a question or present a problem. We love your challenges and we never stop learning.

DOT Increases Limits On Haz-mat Non-compliance

June 8th, 2004 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Industry News

The maximum and minimum civil penalties for a knowing violation of Federal hazardous materials transportation law or a regulation issued under that law are increasing to from a minimum/maximum of $250./$27,500. to $275./$32,500. The Research and Special Projects Administration of DOT has also stated that in proposing or assessing a civil penalty, they will not consider a prior violation in a case that was initiated in a calendar year more than six years prior to the year in which the current proceeding is initiated. Readers of the Skolnik Newsletter know that we encourage haz-mat shippers and packagers to continuously review their training, packaging and shipping procedures for full DOT compliance. Check out the complete regulation revision at: http://hazmat.dot.gov/rules/68fr-52844.htm