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10 Least wanted Items on board Passenger Aircraft

November 25th, 2014 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Industry News, Safety

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority, CASA, recently released their list of the “10 Least wanted Items on board Passenger Aircraft.”

The "Top Ten Least Wanted" for 2014 are:

  1. Lithium batteries
  2. Gas cylinders & camping stoves
  3. Chainsaws & whipper snippers
  4. Lighters & matches
  5. Ammunition
  6. Fireworks
  7. Aerosol cans-flammable propellant
  8. Lifejackets & flares
  9. Paints
  10. Household chemicals

To help passengers comply with the proper preparation of batteries brought onboard, CASA has made available a short and informative video, available on YouTube, showing passengers how to travel safely with lithium batteries. Currently listed as the #1 concern amongst in-flight dangerous goods, the 2+ minute video offers basic instructions on how to prepare any battery being carried or shipped onboard a passenger aircraft. You can view the video here.

FAA Proposes Civil Penalties Ranging from $54K to $228K Against six Companies for Allegedly Violating Hazardous Materials Regulations.

November 20th, 2014 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Industry News

Reckless shipping of dangerous goods can be costly to companies offering non-compliant shipments. Recently, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing civil penalties ranging from $54,000 to near $228,000 against six companies for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials regulations. In each case, the FAA alleges the shipments were not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of their contents and were not marked, labeled or packed in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations. The FAA also alleges the companies failed to provide emergency response information and failed to ensure their employees had received the required hazardous materials training. The cases are as follows:

$54,000 against Saudi Chem Crete Co., Ltd. of Saudi Arabia. The FAA alleges that the shipper offered UPS two 1-gallon containers and two 1-quart containers of epoxy resin, a corrosive liquid, for shipment by air from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Elmendorf, Texas. Workers at UPS package discovered the shipment because the contents exceeded the maximum amount of epoxy resin that can be shipped on board cargo aircraft.

$54,000 against Passport Health of Scottsdale, Ariz. The FAA alleges that Passport Health offered UPS three 2.5-ounce containers of flammable, liquid hand sanitizer for shipment by air. Workers at UPS package sorting discovered the shipment.

$57,400 against International Dental Supply (IDS) of Hialeah, Fla. The FAA alleges that IDS shipped a package containing 20 eight-ounce bottles of acrylic, which is a hazardous flammable liquid, on a UPS cargo flight to Puerto Rico. Workers at UPS discovered the shipment was leaking. The FAA alleges IDS did not package the bottles to prevent breakage or leakage.

$65,000 against Freedom Manufacturing LLC, of Fremont, Ohio. The FAA alleges that the manufacturer offered to FedEx a box containing six smaller packages, each holding approximately 1,000 bullets, for shipment by air to Key West, Fla. Workers at FedEx discovered the package. Bullets are explosives.

$66,000 against Quaker City Plating of Whittier, Calif. For shipping a box containing five 1-gallon containers of paint on a FedEx cargo flight to Brunswick, Ga. Employees at FedEx discovered the shipment was leaking. Paint is a flammable liquid.

$227,500 against Shanghai Yancui Import and Export Co. for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations. The FAA alleges that the company shipped a package containing one bottle of Titanium Tetrachloride on a DHL Express Worldwide cargo flight. Workers at DHL discovered the bottle emitting smoke. Titanium Tetrachloride is a poisonous, corrosive material, and Hazardous Materials regulations prohibit shipping it on passenger or cargo aircraft. The package also contained two bottles of Benzodioxole, which is a hazardous flammable liquid. The FAA alleges that Shanghai Yancui did not mark, label or pack the shipment in accordance with the Hazardous Materials regulations, and the package was not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of its contents or emergency response information. Additionally, the FAA alleges Shanghai Yancui did not provide required hazardous materials training for its employees.

Overpack Salvage Drum

November 18th, 2014 by Lisa Stojanovich

Filed under: Salvage Drum

A Salvage Drum is an outer container used to store otherwise damaged, leaking or non-compliant drums and prevents any hazardous materials from damage.  A damaged or leaking drum can prove detrimental to both the environment and finances.  According to the 49 CFR 173.3 (1)(c)(7) “ the drum must be a UN 1A2, 1B2, 1N2 or 1H2 tested and marked for Packing Group III or higher performance standards for liquids or solids and a leakproofness test of 20 kPa (3 psig).”  This means that every Salvage Drum has gone through a series of severe testing and earned the proper  UN ratings.  One important rating is the ‘T’ rating.  This is achieved by filling the drum with water and dropping it from a designated height onto a critical spot. Should the drum show no sign of leaking or serious damage it is awarded the ‘T’ rating and can safely be used in overpacking.  This test must occur once every year, but with Skolnik Industries’ ability to test in house, drums can be tested as per the customer’s requests.

An 85 gallon open head salvage drum is the most commonly used size, but the containers come is various capacities; it is important to know which size container will be needed in case of an incident. For example, the 85 gallon Salvage Drum is used to overpack a 55 gallon drum, and a 55 gallon will overpack a 30 gallon drum.  Certified Salvage drums can be used for either solid or liquid due to the absorbent material placed inside.  This material allows a salvage drum to hold damaged or leaking drums containing liquids; the contents should never come into contact with the interior of the Salvage Drum.  If a Salvage Drum does not have the proper amount of absorbent material it risks the integrity of the drum and should not be used in overpacking.  Remember safety is always the number one concern.



When an unfortunate incident occurs it is important for any hazardous materials to be dealt with quickly and efficiently.  The proper size salvage drum can give transporters peace of mind that leaking or damaged containers will arrive safely to their destination.  Always make sure any Salvage Drums meet UN requirements and that the people handling the containers know the proper closure procedures (this can be found online-hyperlink-).  The proper Salvage Drum can make all the difference when it comes to reducing risk during transport and storage of materials.

Fresh Wine & Steady Business on Tap

November 18th, 2014 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Stainless Steel, Wine

Tasting rooms and facility tours have become increasingly popular weekend or vacation activities for craft beverage enthusiasts. A pit stop at a local winery or distillery not only provides an afternoon of entertainment and libation, but a neat snapshot of the town culture and people, and an ample selection of unique gifts to bring back home.

Providing an unparalleled brand experience and saving wineries the expenses of bottling and shipping, tasting rooms have grown into a cornerstone of the winery business, accounting for nearly 30% of most wineries incomes.

In the tasting room, the winery has complete control over their customers’ experience. Passionate winemakers can interact directly with their consumers and fans, building a more personal connection between brand and buyer. If a customer doesn’t care for one wine, the staff can get their feedback and suggest a product that may better suit their tastes. With stainless steel wine barrels, wineries can tap a number of different styles, flavors and ages of wine, and even try out experimental batches without jumping through the hoops and costs of distribution and marketing. Meanwhile, visitors enjoy a diverse palate of wines, straight from the vineyard.winedrums

Tasting room visitors rarely come by just to try and not buy, and, their tasting room experience will likely influence their wine selection next time they see your product at a retailer. In today’s ever-connected society, there are countless ways to reach your customers. However, stainless steel wine barrel-fresh wine and a person-to-person interaction with your brand is pretty hard to beat.