In my June 2007 Newsletter, I wrote about the DOT taking regulatory action to insure the safe transport of lithium batteries aboard aircraft. As a result of this article, many readers have called asking why lithium batteries are drawing so much attention from the DOT. In the June Newsletter, I referenced two incidents in which transportation vehicles (in the air and on the road) were involved in fires that started as a result of the lithium batteries on board. What most airline passengers don‘t know is that since 2005, there have been at least 29 incidents (smoke and/or fire) related to aircraft cargo and baggage in the US alone. We’ve been fortunate that these incidents were discovered in time to avert a catastrophe, but here are just a few of the incidents logged in by the DOT and the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration): 1) a ramp worker removed a checked bag that was on fire when loading a passenger aircraft — on fire was a battery-pack for a Sony video game; 2) on a domestic passenger flight that was taking off, smoke poured out of an overhead bin that when opened spewed smoke and flames. The flight made an emergency landing and flight attendants were able to extinguish the fire which was caused by loose batteries packed in a bag with audio-video equipment; 3) on an international flight, a passenger found that the battery-powered photographic flash in his bag had burnt holes in some of his clothing. To date, the battery related incidents have gone relatively unnoticed by the traveling public so it is prudent that DOT establish packing and packaging regulations to address this growing concern.
STEEL DRUM INDUSTRY NEWS, TRENDS AND ISSUES
Archive for October, 2007
Most shippers recognize that when transporting a hazardous material (dangerous goods), there are regulatory requirements affecting the safe transport of the shipment. However, once the initial shipment is made, fillers and re-shippers often fail to comply with these same regulatory requirements, resulting in hefty fines. In addition, companies that have Return Logistic Programs, or Recall Programs, must convey to their customers the need to present packagings for shipment that are in compliance with the DOT, including continuing use of the packaging manufacturer‘s Closure Instructions. Only recently Home Depot was required to pay a fine of nearly $10 million dollars as a result of "aggressive cost cutting procedures, which lead to non-compliance" for 55 gallon drums in which hazardous waste was stored and eventually transported in a non-compliant mode. As a result of this widespread breech of shipper practice, DOT is aggressively looking at packagings that indicate a potential for non-compliance.
Our customers have been telling us that the 2007 wine harvest looks like it will be bountiful. We‘re glad to be a part of this year’s success and know that the end of the season is in sight. Therefore, if you find yourself needing 55 gallon stainless steel wine drums you can call us to see if we are able to ship immediately from stock, or check our lead time. However, if you don‘t have the ability to wait for us to manufacture and ship the barrels, there’s another option to pursue. The Vintner Vault, located in Paso Robles, CA. and the Davison Winery Supply located in McMinnville, OR., both stock our standard 55 gallon drum with the 2″ tri-clover fitting in the body center of the drum. They keep an inventory readily available, and are capable of getting drums to customers quickly. Vintner‘s phone number is 805-226-8100 — ask for Ryan Horn. Davison’s phone number is 503-472-1711 — ask for Terry Sherwood.