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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.

Closure Instruction Video’s for Closed and Open Head Drums

April 26th, 2014 by Howard Skolnik

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

Because you are purchasing a drum that meets the United Nations criteria for shipping hazardous materials, the proper closure of the drum is the final and most important part of the closure process. In fact, the US Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, paragraph 178.2(c), requires that packaging manufacturers give current written instructions to the fillers and shippers about the proper closure procedure for their "manufacturer-specific" packaging. For example, all 55 gallon drums are not the same and Closure Instructions must be from the specific manufacturer.

Like the drum, Closure Instructions are not generic. While every SKOLNIK order is shipped with written Closure Instructions, you can now view a video of the proper closure of the Closed Head with 2" and ¾" fittings, Open Head with a Bolt Ring, and the Open Head with a Quick Lever closure ring. In addition, written Closure Instructions are also available in Spanish. Check out all our Closure Instruction options here and call us if you need further clarification or would like to receive additional information for your record keeping.

Overpack Drums

March 27th, 2014 by Lisa Stojanovich

Filed under: Salvage Drum

When there is a spill during transport it can be a messy situation, and if contents are hazardous or poisonous it can become highly dangerous.  Having the necessary equipment to quickly and safely clean up a site is vital; overpack drums often play a key role in the cleanup and storage of dangerous materials.  These open head drums have the ability to hold solids or liquids which gives them an expansive range of uses, and are made heavier and stronger than industry standards to provide a safe and secure option.

The strong durability of an overpack drum allows them to be used in a wide variety of situations such as the storage or transport of used sorbents.  Overpack drums are often used in the cleaning of a contaminated site and in emergency response situations.  They are specially designed and manufactured to securely hold hazardous materials which makes them useful for spill kits or other disaster preparedness plans.  Skolnik Industries uses 16 gauge steel in production of overpack drums

These drums are tested for solids and UN certified as a secure outer packaging.  Also, Skolnik Industries tests our overpack drums, as per the CFR 49, for the overpacking of Toxic by Inhalation packaging.  This test, at 1A2/X plus 15 psi hydrostatic pressure, ensures the safe storage of materials which are poisonous to breathe.  The drums come in 20-85 gallon capacities and feature a lever lock closure (proper closure instructions can be found here)

The overpacking of toxic by inhalation contents can be dangerous, and proper containers should be used each and every time.  Having a durable overpack drum improves the safety and security of storing and transporting hazardous materials.  Skolnik Industries’ TIH Overpack drums are stronger and thicker than industry standards and have been put through tests for both solids and liquids.  The right drum can make all the difference between a safe and successful transport or cleanup and a headline-worthy disaster.  Make sure you choose the best product for your overpack needs, every time.

Open Head Salvage Drums

March 21st, 2014 by Lisa Stojanovich

Filed under: Salvage Drum

Accidents happen; it’s an unfortunate characteristic of the world, but true.  Even with ample planning and proper arrangements things can still go wrong.  That’s why having a Plan B or a contingency plan is such a common practice, and the same is true when packing and shipping items in a steel drum.  There are countless ways things can go wrong, so it is important to know how to handle a situation properly.  An important part of any recovery project is a Salvage Drum.  These specially designed containers are made to hold leaking, damaged or non-compliant drums without creating further mess while also meeting UN requirements.

When a drum is damaged or leaking, to prevent further problems, it is placed into a specially configured open head Salvage Drum.  A Salvage Drum is designed to securely fit a leaking or damaged drum inside; this calls for a wider diameter of the head and also a taller body.  The drums come in various sizes, so it should be noted which one will provide the safest containment of the damaged drum.  Anything from leaking paint cans to damaged hazardous waste containers may need to be put into a Salvage Drum, so it is important these unique drums are made to withhold a variety of contents.  The drums are constructed with high quality carbon steel and meet UN design requirements so that they can be utilized in all situations.

A salvage drum from Skolnik Industries features bright yellow packaging with red or yellow covers  that will allow anyone handling the product to easily identify the container as a Salvage Drum.  This helps keep individuals who come into contact with the damaged contents informed of a situation that may prove dangerous.  Labels are multilingual to help ensure the safe handling of Salvage Drums.  Skolnik Industries goes beyond standards to create a thicker, heavier, and stronger drum while also complying with domestic and international regulations.  Options for a ¾” vent plug or corrosion resistant epoxy phenolic lining are available in order to offer our customers the best salvage drum for their specific needs.  According to international standards Skolnik Industries Salvage Drums have been successful in a variety of tests, including the “T” rating,

Salvage Drums are a unique product that offer security in situations where problems arise.  They are necessary when drums are damaged as a way to continue to safely transport a delivery.  Skolnik Industries is aware of the dangerous potential of shipping drums, and wants to keep any spills or damages as contained as possible.  Safety is the number one concern on the road, and that  is why we take the time to carefully test all our drums and offer a strong product customers can feel confident in.  Incidents happen, but they shouldn’t cause any unnecessary damage to property or people; being able to contain an unexpected spill or damaged drum can greatly reduce the negative outcomes of an unfortunate situation.