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Archive for 2005

Undeclared Hazardous Materials And Incident Reporting

July 5th, 2005 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

The US DOT is in the process of re-writing the Hazardous Materials Incident Report, DOT Form F 5800.1. If a hazardous material incident occurs while a package is in transport (CFR 49, 171.16(a)), then it is required that the incident must be logged using the DOT F 5800.1 as stipulated. One outcome of recording this information is that it gives DOT the ability to determine if the current performance test requirements on packagings are responsive to the rigors of in-field transport. In fact, most shippers underestimate or have little knowledge about the significant forces to which packages are exposed to in air, sea, road and rail transport. If not already familiar, you can learn more about the Incident Reporting Procedure at hazmat.dot.gov.

Haz-mat Training For Consumer Quantity Packaging?

July 5th, 2005 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

According to CFR 49, 171.8, hazardous materials training is required for a person who is employed by a hazardous materials employer and who, in the course of employment, directly affects hazardous materials transportation safety. Recent questions have been submitted to DOT regarding the training requirements for private citizens shipping hazardous materials (ie: items returned to a manufacturer by consumers) and professionals (ie: doctors, veterinarians and pharmacists) shipping hazardous materials. DOT has stated that for the private citizen, no formal training is required but they must comply with all the applicable haz-mat requirements when offering such for transportation in commerce. Professionals DO require the formal haz-mat training. non-compliance with the training requirement can result in penalty violations.

Substitutions Invalidate UN Certification

June 7th, 2005 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: DOT/UN

When buying a UN certified drum, the design of the drum and its components (hering, gasket, bolt, nut, plugs) is defined by the test samples. These elements are incorporated into a drum type that must meet a test standard and users cannot alter or exchange any of these components as it might impact the ability for the drum to perform as certified. If a filler changes the ring from a nut and bolt style to a LeverLock, or even changes the gasket, this would void the UN certification. If replacement parts are needed, fillers must make sure that they get original parts from the manufacturer that meet the test criteria of that specific drum. Also, request current closure instructions. Once filled, compliance with the UN certification is the responsibility of the shipper.

Why Does Steel Gauge Go Up As Thickess Goes Down?

June 7th, 2005 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Cool Stuff

Many people ask me "Why does the thickness of steel diminish as the gauge increase(ie: 16 gauge steel is thicker than 20 gauge steel). The explanation comes from the original development of a gauge measurement system in which the control measurement was based on 1" thick steel plate. From this base thickness, the steel was measured in diminishing fractions such as 1/14", 1/16", 1/20" and so on. The bottom number of the fraction was adopted as the "gauge" and so 1/16" became 16 gauge, 1/20" became 20 gauge. The concept makes sense but without explanation, the converse number is often confusing. Therefore by taking the gauge number and returning it back to a fractional format, one can discover the actual nominal thickness dimension, in inches, of sheet steel.