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Archive for 2014

Proposed Fines for Three Companies for Violating Hazardous Materials Regulations

September 19th, 2014 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Safety, Skolnik Newsletter

Once again, companies are paying the price for improper shipping of dangerous goods. The U.S Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing civil penalties ranging from $63,000 to $91,000 against three companies for violating Hazardous Materials Regulations, and resolved a case against another company for $54,000. In each case, the FAA alleges the companies did not declare the hazardous materials, and the shipments were not properly classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled and in proper condition for shipment. Additionally, the FAA alleges the companies did not ensure their employees had received the required training for shipping hazardous materials, and did not provide emergency response information with the packages.

The cases include the following:

  • $91,000 against Kuehne & Nagel, Inc., of Jersey City, NJ for offering a cardboard box containing one 3.78 liter can of Carboline Part A paint and one can containing a liter of Carboline Urethane Converter paint to FedEx for shipment by air from Pharr, Texas, to Broussard, La.
  • $78,000 against Pantropic Power, Inc., of Miami, FL for shipping 11 12-ounce cans of aerosol paint on a FedEx aircraft from Miami to Puerto Rico. Workers at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan discovered the package emitting an odor, and found a can had burst and leaked through its packaging. Aerosols are considered to be hazardous flammable gas.
  • $63,000 against Superior International Industries of Carrollton, GA for offering an unmarked box containing two, 12-ounce cans of Cardinal Acrylic Aerosol Enamel spray paint to FedEx for shipment by air from Carrollton to Anacoco, LA. Under Hazardous Materials Regulations, spray paint is considered a flammable aerosol. The contents of the shipment were discovered after one of the cans leaked yellow paint in transit.

To avoid these types of fines, always confirm the packaging requirements of your contents before they enter into transportation.

1A2 Drums

September 18th, 2014 by Lisa Stojanovich

Filed under: Industry News

1A2 is the UN code for an open head steel drum.  They are a strong, sturdy container with many uses and come in a variety of sizes.  Since an open head drum has a removable lid there are necessary closures attached to the head that prevent the lid from detaching during use. The two types of closure are are a bolt ring or lever lock.  Effective closure options, bolt ring and lever lock, ensure the drum heads are safely secured to the body during storage and transport.

If using a lever lock closure, make sure the gasket is properly fitted on the cover and sealed when in contact with drum curl.  Open the lever lock to expand the ring so it will fit onto the drum cover.  Then, slowly and cautiously close the lever lock to engage the outer ring with the body of the drum.  To complete the closure, lock the ring and make sure you are following the specific Closure Instructions.

When using a bolt ring closure you first want to make sure the gasket is fitted into cover groove and that the gasket is properly sealed when the cover in on the drum.  You should position the ring to ensure it connects the drum curl and cover.  Insert the bolt and thread the hex nut to close the ring; using a calibrated torque wrench, tighten the bolt.  Continue this until the torque is stable, usually this is between 55-60 lbs. Tighten the nut once more and you have successfully attached your bolt ring closure to the drum. To complete the closure, lock the ring and make sure you are following the specific Closure Instructions.

The lever lock is a quicker way to close open head drums, since it doesn’t require tools or measuring.  However both are safe and effective measures.  The important thing to keep in mind is using each closure properly.  You should always make sure that you are using the proper container for whatever contents you need stored or shipped; this may mean a  Skolnik 1A2 drum, or it may require something else. Preventing accidents begins with understanding which drum is right for the current situation.

Wine Industry Expo 2014 in Santa Rosa, CA

September 12th, 2014 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: Skolnik Newsletter, Wine

Make your plans now to attend one of the newest trade shows for the wine industry. The North Coast Wine Industry Expo provides Winery and Vineyard professionals in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake, Solano and Marin counties access to the latest products and services during a time of year, when traditionally vineyard and winery operations are planning their budgets for the upcoming season. The event includes a robust trade show featuring over 300 of the industry’s best suppliers and service professionals showcasing the most current, innovative new products and services and/or offering pricing specials on end of year purchases. In addition to the trade show, a day-long conference featuring six sessions will be presented by leaders in Viticulture, Production, Finance, Tasting Room Sales and Distributor Management. Each discussion will emphasize latest trends along with information that every industry professional needs to be better prepared for a successful upcoming year. One session of note is titled Non-Traditional Packaging: The Evolution of Wine on Tap and What Every Winery Should Know. This session will focus on the innovative evolution of wine on tap as an increasingly popular and profitable method of wine packaging and distribution. This session’s panelists will offer insights to winery owners, winemakers and sales directors on how to develop a keg wine program or fine tune their current operation. The show takes place on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA. You will find Skolnik at booth number 607. We will be exhibiting our line of stainless steel wine barrels, including our newest additions, the 25 and 55 gallon seamless stainless steel wine barrels and the 75 gallon seamless "bilge" shaped barrel. See you in Santa Rosa!

Secondary Spills Requiring Salvage Drums

September 4th, 2014 by Lisa Stojanovich

Filed under: Industry News

According to the 49 CFR 264 (c ), “Facilities must be designed, constructed, maintained, and operated to minimize the possibility of a fire, explosion, or any unplanned sudden or non-sudden release of hazardous waste or hazardous waste constituents to air, soil, or surface water which could threaten human health or the environment.”  Making sure warehouses and plants which hold hazardous materials, or create byproducts that classify as hazardous, are prepared for any incidents is an important part in reducing damages.  Secondary spill containers, such as Salvage Drums, are a vital part of keeping an area safe and clean.  Being prepared for hazardous materials also includes having the proper materials in case of a secondary spill, such as raised pallets, trays, or covers which can help prevent contents from contaminating the ground or water supplies.

 

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Skolnik Salvage Drums are an approved way to deal with any leaking or damaged drum.  When a drum is compromised and the hazardous materials threaten to spill from the container it is important to quickly contain any contents that may cause damage..  Skolnik Salvage Drums are created with specific dimensions that allow the damaged drum to fit securely inside; Salvage Dums are built with enough room to hold any contents that may spill out from the damaged drum.  When a Skolnik Salvage Drum is properly used it can be an effective secondary containment option to prevent further damage from a leaking or damaged drum.

Being readily prepared for spills or damaged drums can help prevent serious damage to the environment. In 1976 The Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) was passed to give the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to control the generation, treatment, storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous wastes.  Hazardous materials can leak into the ground, ending up in water supplies and potentially contaminating the water.  To prevent incidents like this from occurring warehouses, plants, and shipping centers can follow the regulations put in place by the EPA for proper secondary spill containment.  Being prepared with ample secondary spill containers is an easy way to help protect the environment, equipment, and employees.  Any place dealing with hazardous materials needs to have a proactive attitude towards spills and damaged containers.