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Safe Lithium Battery Containment

June 23rd, 2017 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: DOT/UN, Industry News

Lithium-ion batteries are the most commonly used batteries in consumer electronics and medical devices today, and they have been exploding. For all of the benefits and conveniences, lithium batteries have offered consumers — higher power density, lower memory effect, long life — they have a number of downsides and risks. Their sensitivity can lead to an explosion and, for this reason, they are considered “dangerous goods” and are banned from commercial aircraft.

The result is a kink in the supply line and, for those who rely on medical devices powered by lithium batteries, more than a mild inconvenience. At present, these batteries are only permitted on cargo aircraft and cargo planes only fly to large airports. As a result, the batteries cannot get to their final destinations.

The world isn’t going to suddenly stop needing lithium ion batteries anytime soon, so this is a puzzle that needs a solution. But, you know what they say: Necessity is the mother of invention. Skolnik Industries and Labelmaster have been working together to devise a package that can safely contain spent lithium ion batteries for bulk transport. This overpack package would serve as a multi-pack solution for the batteries as well as a secondary spill containment measure should the batteries be compromised in transit.

While it is always a pleasure to work with our friends at Labelmaster, we’re eager to find a safe and strong solution to this problem. The project cannot be completed until the DOT releases its final testing requirements for these package types, and, as with all Skolnik Industries products, this lithium battery-safe overpack container would be rigorously tested to meet all pertinent DOT regulations.

Once the regulations are set, we look forward to providing shippers and manufacturers with a safe, efficient solution to lithium battery containment, and helping alleviate the delay for those who need battery replacements for their medical devices.

Rankin Testifies at the House

May 30th, 2017 by Howard Skolnik

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

On April 26th, 2017, the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials held a subcommittee hearing (Chairman Jeff Denham, R-Calif.) on “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America.” Addressing the State of Railroad, Pipeline, and Hazardous Materials Safety Regulations and Opportunities for Reform, Paul Rankin, COSTHA member and President of the Reusable Industrial Packaging Association represented the IP Group. The IP Group is an informal coalition of 45+ associations that meet on a regular basis in Washington DC.

Members of the Interested Parties strongly support a robust and efficient hazardous materials transportation regulatory program. Industry recognizes the benefits of a centralized regulatory agency within the Department of Transportation (DOT) that has cross-modal and international authorities. Safety is of paramount importance to industry and the exemplary record in this area, and support for effective regulation, underscore this goal. In his testimony to the Subcommittee, Paul addresses: the Importance of Reasonable Federal Regulation in the Field of Hazardous Materials Transportation, Preemption, Programmatic Authority, Special Permits and Approvals, International Affairs, Enforcement, PHMSA Office of Planning and Analytics, Incident Reporting, and General Regulatory Reform.

To view the video of the hearing –

Video

Paul Rankin begins his testimony at 28:45.

To read Paul’s testimony –
Testimony

Linings and Seamless Solutions for Process Drums

May 26th, 2017 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

Steel drums are the long-time favorite container for a multitude of different industries and uses. They are strong, heavy, and, in many cases, reusable because steel is stronger, heavier and more easily reconditioned than many other materials. But what about materials that react negatively with steel? What about industries that are held to incredibly stringent contamination standards? Steel drums can work for them too. Skolnik manufactures a selection of steel process drums and steel drum linings to ensure chemicals and consumables remain safely contained.

Drum Linings

Any materials that could react with bare steel must be put in a lined drum or another compatible package. Drum linings are specifically designed to safely interact with the contents and help protect both the product being contained and the steel drum itself from being compromised. They undergo their own testing before they are added to the drum to guarantee their strength and safety.

The lining most commonly used at Skolnik Industries is an epoxy/phenolic lining which is created by combining heat-cured epoxy resin with thermosetting phenolic resin. The chemical resistance these two resins create make a lining that is ideal for drums containing liquids such as food products, detergents, latex paints and/or materials with a pH range above 7.

Seamless and Crevice-Free Drums

Skolnik developed their Stainless Seamless Crevice Free Drum to provide an effective container for contents that may encourage and/or be contaminated by the growth of bacteria in the crevice of a standard steel drum. The seamless drum has no crevice — it is smooth where the body and head meet.

Skolnik’s welding engineer, quality department, and maintenance team spent nearly a whole year designing and then fine-tuning the best, most effective process for machining a truly seamless drum that met Skolnik’s high standards of quality control. We are proud to say that since 2009, Skolnik Industries’ seamless drums have supported the pharmaceutical industry, chemical industry and food-processing industry as a safe, strong and sterile process drum option.

 

As always, the Skolnik team is standing by, ready to help guide you toward the right steel process drum or container for your business, facility and/or contents.

Schoonover Speaks to the PHMSA Future at COSTHA

May 23rd, 2017 by Howard Skolnik

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

May 2nd, 2017 in Scottsdale, AZ – At the annual meeting of the Council on the Safe Transport of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA), William (Bill) Schoonover, Associate Administrator for Hazardous Material Safety at the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) presented the Vision and Mission of PHMSA. Their Vision is to be the most innovative transportation safety organization in the world, and their Mission is to protect people and the environment by advancing the safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials that are essential in our daily lives.

PHMSA will achieve these goals by investing in people, increasing communication internally and externally, positioning for innovation, fostering transparency and improving engagement. This will be achieved by implementing a safety management system that is data driven from information gathered from the 45,000 companies overseen by DOT. This information, and implementation, will include electronic shipping papers, new hazmatics which will improve how data is collected, and the beginning of regulation and data collection of autonomous vehicles. In addition, PHMSA will be the first government agency to have an ISO 9000 certified data collection system.

In addition to Mr. Schoonover, Ryan Pacquet, Director of Approvals and Permits; Shane Kelley, Assistant International Standards Coordinator; and Lindsey Constantino, International Transportation Specialist, also addressed the COSTHA members on the PHMSA strategies for the near future.