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To Overpack or Not to Overpack?

February 18th, 2016 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Safety, Salvage Drum

No matter what you need to contain, store and/or ship, the Skolnik team is standing by to help. We know our drums and the UN and DOT regulations pertaining to the storage and transportation of various materials inside and out. Our team takes pride in guiding customers new and old toward the best possible container and product for their unique needs. A big part of proper planning is being prepared for when the plan fails. This is where overpack comes in handy.

Even the best laid plans need a back-up plan. Overpacked salvage drums are the perfect back-up companions. Whether you are transporting a damaged or non-compliant drum or just want to safeguard containers that you fear may rupture during transport, overpack your salvage drums for extra-protection buddies.

Think of Skolnik’s overpacked salvage drums as a big brother to your materials. Sure, we can be overprotective, but if something happens, you’re more than happy we tagged along on the journey. Salvage drums are just a little extra protection to give you a little extra peace of mind as your precious product sits in storage or travels cross country.

Not sure what drum is right for your job? Give us a call, we’re happy to help!

When to Use an Overpack Drum?

July 13th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Safety, Salvage Drum

An Overpack is an enclosure used to provide protection or convenience in handling a package, or to consolidate two or more packages. Overpacks are not the same as Salvage Drums and are only meant for non-leaking packages. If an Overpack drum is sold as a Salvage Drum, the DOT will hold the manufacturer and distributor liable and both parties could face a fine. The DOT does, however, expect a level of knowledge from the shipper and can hold them liable if they do not meet the proper requirements or misuse a drum.

So when should you use an Overpack Drum?

According to UN criteria and standards, Overpack Drums are certified as secure outer packaging. They are tested for solids and should not be used if the integrity of the inner package has been compromised.

An Overpack can be simply defined as a larger container into which a smaller one may be placed. An Overpack can be made of any material, the traditional choice being a 55 gallon metal drum. Overpack Drums come with their own set of UN and DOT requirements, but passing leak and pressure tests are not always among them. More often than not, Overpacks are used to facilitate the handling of another package or two. Skolnik, however, does pressure test Overpack Drums. Our Stainless steel Overpack Drums have each been tested at 1A2/X plus 15 psi hydrostatic pressure per CFR 49 for the over-packing of Toxic (Poisonous) by Inhalation packaging. But despite this rigorous testing and the fact that Skolnik products are made thicker, heavier and stronger than industry standards require, the DOT would still not consider our Overpack Drums as Salvage Drums.

But fear not, if it is a Salvage Drum you need, Skolnik can still help. Both our Overpack and Salvage Drum lines come in a variety of capacities, meet domestic and international regulations and offer extreme durability.

Salvage Drums vs. Overpack Drums

January 15th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Salvage Drum

What is a Salvage Drum?

Salvage drums are designed to contain leaking, damaged or non-compliant drums containing hazardous materials. If a company or shipper discovers a hazardous package leaking or damaged or has rags used to clean up a spill or leak, they must use a salvage drum in order to safely transport the package or materials.

Salvage drums can be made of steel, polyethylene, aluminum or metal and must be larger than the leaking package so that the damaged and dangerous materials can fit safely inside of the enclosed salvage drum. In order to qualify as a salvage drum, the container needs to meet a number of criteria and pass two very severe leak-proof and integrity tests.

What is an Overpack Container?

The DOT does not consider overpack drums as salvage drums. Traditionally, an overpack is a container that makes handling a package more convenient or consolidates two packages that are not leaking.

Why does it matter?

Many manufacturers have referred to salvage drums as overpacks over the years, increasing the recognition of the term overpack versus salvage. However, while you can use a salvage drum as an overpack container, not all overpack containers are salvage drums. Remember, salvage drums have undergone rigorous testing in order to be deemed qualified for their use containing hazardous materials. A drum that is merely labeled as an overpack, has not.

The unwitting misuse of an overpack drum as a salvage container can have dire consequences so make sure you are always purchasing and/or using the correct drums when transporting hazardous materials so as not to compromise your safety and the safety of others.

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At Skolnik, we offer Overpack Salvage Drums – these meet or exceed the UN and DOT requirements for Salvage drums but can also be used for overpack.

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.

 

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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.