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Archive for 2012

Bring your issue to one of our Packaging Roundtable’s

November 18th, 2012 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Associations, HazMat, Industry News

In response to discussions held during the Strategic Planning meetings, the Council on the Safe Transport of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA) members have asked to have a Packaging Roundtable established. The purpose of the group is to allow package testing companies, manufacturers and distributors to meet in an informal setting to discuss current issues, regulations, questions and a broad area of concerns. Members who purchase and use packaging have also expressed interest in having an opportunity to interact with such a group to clarify regulatory requirements, best management practices and other subjects. Skolnik is a participant in the Roundtable. In addition to the COSTHA Roundtable, Skolnik also participates in the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC) Packaging Working Group as well in various topical groups in the Reusable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA). As a friend or customer of Skolnik, let us know if you have packaging or regulatory issues, concerns or questions, which affect your compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) or United Nations (UN) packagings. These groups provide the opportunity for companies to meet one-on-one, or in a small group environment with regulators and other hazmat professionals to discuss packaging related issues. Please let us know if you currently have any issues that need special attention.

In The Pink

November 14th, 2012 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: Wine

Over the past two years we have noticed an uptick in wine makers buying our stainless steel wine barrels for the production of Rosé. The data supports the trend that we have been seeing. The numbers are staggering. Since 2009, overall consumption of Rosé wines has increased 160 percent. After a long period of declining popularity, it seems that rosé wines are indeed enjoying an increase in attractiveness around the world, and of course the United States is no exception to this trend. Nowadays rosé wines are being produced with different levels of success in the most important wine regions. In places like the United Sates and some regions in France, rosé wines are even becoming serious contenders to white wines. Rosé wines are made from red grapes and their light color comes from contact with the grape skins while it is fermenting into wine. The sooner the wine is separated from the skin the less tannins it will have and the lighter its color will be. Rosé wines are always refreshing and light, and they lean more towards red than white wines in taste profile. In some cases, winemakers blend a small amount of red wine into white and create a rosé, which is really a tinted white wine and lacks the true taste profile of the original product. True rosé wines must obtain their color and ultimately their taste profile during maceration. Excellent rosé wines come from Provence and southern Cotes du Rhône in France, and Catalonia and Navarra in Spain. But, as usual in today’s world of wine, very good rose wines are now being produced, in Australia, Chile and the United States, among many other wine producing countries. Some of these wines are also produced in Skolnik stainless steel wine barrels.

A Solution to HazMat Alphabet Soup!

October 9th, 2012 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Industry News

Within the Dangerous Goods / Hazardous Materials community, there are hundreds of regulatory bodies, organizations, associations and topics. It’s easy to feel intimidated in a “HazMat” conversation when the acronyms start flying. With some acronyms we try to find an easy pronunciation of the combined letters like DOT (Department of Transportation) or WHO (World Health Organization). Yet with some lettering combinations, there is no flow to the letters and we have to pronounce each letter such as DGAC (Dangerous Goods Advisory Council) and IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency). Of course, a few of the acronyms just sound ‘clunky’ when pronounced like GESAMP (Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environment Protection).

Do you ever wonder what all these letters mean? DGAC (see above) has compiled an acronym list of 35 international organizations that affect the dangerous goods community. Check out the GLOSSARY here. Print a copy for your future needs and impress your colleagues with your knowledge of the correct names of these international organizations

Thanks Labelmaster for DGIS VII !!!

September 8th, 2012 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Associations, Industry News

For the 7th year, this past week, Labelmaster hosted the Dangerous Goods Instructors Symposium in Chicago. The Symposium is the only gathering of dangerous goods trainers designed to elevate the competency and effectiveness of dangerous goods education. The result of these training efforts is to ultimately save lives. The Symposium attracted about 150 hazmat instructors and regulators from all parts of the world and focused on the need to improve training of all those participating in the transport of dangerous goods. Some topics presented included Lithium Battery regulatory changes, Training Competencies, What’s The Worst That Can Happen When We Take (HazMat) Short Cuts, and PHMSA presented a special permit update. Training workshops focused on Trainer Personality Profiles, Active Learning, Emergency Response in Action at the Union Pacific, Taking the Mystery Out of Explosives and Regulatory Quirks. Some of the presenters included Geoff Leach of the UK CAA, Peter Mackay of Hazardous Cargo Bulletin, Gene Sanders of WE Train, Jay Johnson of Inmark, Vaughn Arthur of DGAC, Ajay Pande of FIATA, Ben Barrett of SAMMI, Laura Denk of eChoice Innovations. The Symposium has become the most acclaimed training event of the year and I would like to thank the Labelmaster staff including Dwight Curtis, Jeanne Zmich, Rhonda Jessop, Nancy Wingert, Neil McCulloch, Bob Richard, Tracie Cady, Pia Jalla, Christine Sandlass, Estuardo Sanchez and Jason Schellenberg for hosting this significant safety event.