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The Cost of Non-Compliance

February 11th, 2019 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

In a highly competitive market with continuously expanding regulations, moving hazmat while maintaining compliance is no simple task. And hazardous materials and dangerous goods are appropriately named. There’s a lot at risk if they aren’t handled properly, but an often forgotten risk is the risk to your organization’s stability and bottom line.

Perhaps the most apparent impact a fine for noncompliance has is on finance. Fines and fees related to noncompliance can add up and directly impact your profitability. There’s the fines themselves, fees related to stopped shipments, profit loss due to delays and inefficiencies, and increased insurance liability.

And if the individual penalties themselves don’t seem daunting, consider the cost of damaging your reputation. If your organization has numerous compliance issues, companies seeking industrial shipping services will seek out alternative, less risky partners. Even if you only experience one accident, the bad press can have lasting effects.

At the end of the day, customers want to work with a reliable, efficient shipping partner. Whether those materials are hazardous or dangerous or not, the way your organization handles hazardous materials affect their shipments too. From physical damage due to a spill or leak to shipping delays due to noncompliance citations, mishandling any container will impact all of your customers.

With so many materials classified as hazardous and these classifications and regulations constantly changing, it is understandably difficult to keep up with compliance. But it is a challenge you have to face. Not just because of the impact it could have on the environment or your community, but because of the impact noncompliance could have on the everyday safety and stability of your operations.

A big part of properly handling hazardous materials is using the correct, certified container. You can count on Skolnik for trustworthy, compliant, UN certified and DOT approved steel hazmat drums. And we hope your customers can count on you to work hard to maintain hazmat compliance.

DOT Issues at Statement Regarding New ICAO Instructions

January 29th, 2019 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) understands that many offerors and carriers of hazardous materials in international transport will soon be adhering to requirements in the internationally-adopted 2019-2020 International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Technical Instructions) and Amendment 39-18 of the International Maritime Organization, International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code). The Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) currently authorize offerors and carriers to use the 2017-2018 Edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions and Amendment 39-16 of the IMDG Code.

PHMSA gives notice that while it determines whether to adopt the 2019-2020 Edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions and Amendment 39-18 of the IMDG Code, it will not take enforcement action against any offeror or carrier who is using these standards when all or part of the transportation is by air with respect to the ICAO Technical Instructions, or all or part of the transportation is by vessel with respect to the IMDG Code. In addition, PHMSA will not take enforcement action against any offeror or carrier who offers or accepts, for domestic or international transportation by any mode, packages marked or labeled in accordance with these standards. This enforcement discretion will be exercised by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and the United States Coast Guard.

This notice is limited to the use of the standards incorporated by reference in 49 CFR § 171. 7 ( t) and (v). Offerors and carriers must comply with all other obligations under the HMR and other applicable laws. This notice will remain in effect until rescinded or otherwise modified.

Now a sizeable reference, 2019 marks 21 Years of the Skolnik Blog!

January 22nd, 2019 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

We’ve been providing news and information in our Newsletter for more than 20 years. Combining our knowledge of the steel drum industry, the UN regulatory arena, the global network of people that we know, and our often frank observations, the Skolnik Blog has more than 1,000 articles on these special topics.

For our Dangerous Goods folks, there are topics regarding Closure Instructions, Regulatory updates including advance notice of changing regulations, answers to questions about drum coatings, options and UN markings.

For our Wine connoisseurs, there are topics relating to stainless steel winemaking, cork and other closing options, exhibition announcements and highlights of wine newsmakers.

The Blog is divided into topical categories, topical links, and archived newsletters. You can search by topic, date, or category. Also, you can leave comments, updates or ideas for future stories. Most importantly, if you have a question or a suggested topic, please leave a comment in the blog.

100 Gallons? Why would I need a drum that big?

January 3rd, 2019 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

The industrial container industry is constantly evolving to ensure that there are proper containers for every type of material. As a steel drum manufacturer, Skolnik is capable of customizing containers to further support our clients. We manufacture drums of all sizes and specifications including the massive 100 gallon steel drum.

Admittedly, a 100 gallon drum can be a bit daunting at first glance. It stands among it’s smaller brethren and just seems like an impractically large container. But trust us, if the 100 gallon steel drum wasn’t needed, it wouldn’t exist.

At Skolnik, 100 gallon drums are typically requested by our brewing and distilling clients. Many of our smaller brewery clients use this custom drum as a beer processing drum rather than purchasing a full sized steel tank. The 100 gallon stainless steel drum is more portable and cost-effective than a full-size steel tank and perfectly suited for every step of the brewing process.

Other clients use 100 gallon steel drums in multi-pack situations, for more long-term storage of their materials or when it is more cost effective to ship or store in bulk versus in multiple smaller containers.

We’re always happy to consult with our clients on the right size, style, material, liner or closure is best suited for their unique needs. So chat with us, who knows, maybe the 100 gallon steel drum is the perfect fit for you.