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Archive for 2006

Non-compliance Of DOT Training On The Rise

July 4th, 2006 by Gary Fischer

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

Monitor recent Department of Transportation Hazmat fines, and you will see that there is a significant trend in the notifications of probable violation. Specifically, companies and organizations that are required by CFR 172.700 to Hazmat-train their employees are being cited for non-compliance with required training. Recent publication shows that DOT has a number of fines for: packagings that were not closed in accordance with the manufacturer‘s closure instructions (CFR 178.2(c)); allowing an employee to perform functions prior to the completion of hazardous material training; and for safety training not being conducted and records were not maintained. If you want help in determining if your company could be subject to such training requirements, contact your local DOT agency, go to www.dot.gov, or call me at 1773-362-1940 and I will help you find the right answer.

Skolnik‘s Staff Up On Regulatory Where-Abouts

July 4th, 2006 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN

When researching or buying containers for dangerous goods, knowing the regulatory links that define an ultimate packaging type can be difficult even for veteran CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) professionals. As a “boutique manufacturer” of these containers, the Skolnik staff keeps up to date on the whereabouts of regulatory requirements pertaining to our customer requests. This past June, our Sales, Customer Service, Quality and Manufacturing staff participated in a CFR Training update. As a customer of Skolnik, you cannot expect us to suggest what type of container is required for a compliant shipment of your product, but our staff is trained to help you navigate the CFR options, clarify the regulations and point to a direction that will yield a packaging solution. When shipping dangerous goods, container compliance is essential to avoiding risk and non-compliance fines.

What Is The Allowable Gross Weight Of A Salvage Drum?

June 6th, 2006 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Salvage Drum

In accordance with CFR 173.3, the rated capacity of a Salvage Drum, in kilograms, is the maximum gross weight that the drum can weigh after it has been loaded (the gross weight equaling the weight of the inner damaged container plus the weight of the Salvage Drum itself). At Skolnik, our most popular 85 Gallon Salvage Drum is rated at a gross weight of 440kg, or 970 pounds. This would allow for an inner container weighing as much as 404kg, or 890 pounds.

Can Salvage Drums Be Reused Or Reconditioned?

June 6th, 2006 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Salvage Drum

As a package regulated by the US-DOT, Salvage Drums that are reconditioned must be in accordance with CFR 173.28. More specifically, in order to be considered a reconditionable container, an 85 US Gallon Salvage Drum would have to be constructed of all 1.77 mm (0.070″) metal thickness and have been Leakproof tested and marked in accordance with 178.604 at 48 kPa (7.0 psi) for Packing Group I, and 20 kPa (3.0 psi) for Packing Groups II and III. Though some reconditioned Salvage Drums are available in the domestic market, none have been found to meet the reconditioning criteria of the DOT.