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A Bright Spot from the Black Oil

August 11th, 2010 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Salvage Drum

As I write this, we’ve just crossed the 100 day mark of the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.
For almost as many days, we have been hearing the details of this seemingly endless disaster. However, amidst all the black oil and contaminated beaches, there is a small bright spot that has captured national attention – the creative spirit. SKOLNIK is a manufacturer of steel containers for hazardous materials and as a result, we have been receiving many requests for prototype products that could help diminish the devastation in the Gulf and along its shores. While we have been providing regular shipments of UN rated steel drums and Salvage Drums to the region, our products are basically steel cylinders and can be adapted for other uses. We’ve received inquiries for large drums that would be outfitted with portable vacuum systems that could be used specifically for the clean-up of contaminated shoreline. We’ve received inquiries for sanitized drums that would be sterilized and used to transport and measure the toxicity levels of the sea water. One inquiry was for a design of a dispersant container that would control a measured amount of chemical that was accessed remotely. While we all navigate this disaster, it is creativity that will bring about an end. We welcome all design concepts, ideas and patents. Design and creativity is who we are, and right now, Gulf projects get immediate attention.

Wikipedia Offers An Edited Definition Of A Salvage Drum

February 10th, 2009 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Industry News, Salvage Drum

Proving to be a definitive source for just about anything, Wikipedia now contains a publicly edited definition of a Salvage Drum. It’s well worded and includes a brief evolution of the UN performance requirements.

A Salvage Drum is an outer container used for shipping a leaking, damaged or non-compliant drum containing hazardous materials. Originally designed to be greater than, or equal to, the construction and performance specifics of an inner container, the Performance Oriented Packaging Standards (POPS) of the US Department of Transportation requirement was that the Salvage Drum be at least a ‘Z’ (Packing Group III) solids container. Convinced that this was not an acceptable test for a Salvage Drum, on January 1, 1998, the ‘T’ Salvage Drum (1A2T) became the UN recommended salvage packaging for international shipments. The US-DOT, per 49 CFR 173.3, also recognizes the ‘T’ Salvage Drum for shipments within the US. Unlike the original 49 CFR Salvage Drum requirement, the ‘T’ Salvage Drum is most commonly an 85 US gallon capacity steel drum that meets UN Model Regulations test requirement, which specifies that when filled with water, the drum can qualify for Packing Group II and be dropped 1.2 meters (4 feet) on its’ most critical orientation, and not leak. In addition, the drum must successfully pass a 30 kPa Leakproofness Test. Both tests are very severe for an open-head steel container. This testing illustrates the extreme capabilities of the ‘T’ Salvage Drum when used for the safe recovery of hazardous materials in transportation.

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Salvage Drum Definition Clarified by DOT

October 15th, 2008 by Howard Skolnik

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

Skolnik Salvage Drum Information,

Per CFR 173.3(c), Salvage Drums have long been used as overpacks for the efficient and effective transport of damaged, defective or leaking containers, irrespective of whether these packagings are discovered before or after having been placed in transportation. In 2005, the DOT expanded the Salvage Drum definition to include non-compliant packagings (contents in inappropriate packagings). The ultimate use of these overpacked drums is to proceed to the nearest appropriate disposal or repackaging facility. Salvage Drums are not to be used as a secondary container, or overpack, for a primary shipment. Recently, DOT commented that while it is their intent for these packagings to be used for damaged, defective, leaking or non-compliant packagings that have already entered transportation, it is also their intent to limit the use to when packagings are discovered to be non-conforming after having been placed in transportation.

DOT Visits Skolnik For Faa Education And Training

December 5th, 2006 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Salvage Drum

On November 21st (2006), 13 staff from the Hazardous Materials Enforcement Division of the Federal Aviation Administration visited Skolnik for a day of education and training on steel drum manufacturing, testing and discussion. Skipp Skeggs, Senior Enforcement Specialist in the Central Region Office of the Department of Transportation prompted the visit. With increasing security at airports for both commercial and cargo shipments, the goal of the day was to observe the manufacturing process for steel drums, discuss the performance oriented test markings, demonstrate the hydrostatic and drop tests specified in CFR 178.600, and review in-field questions and field observations of the FAA staff. Skolnik Project Engineers Mark Sherman and Dustin Winkel demonstrated a 55 gallon 1A2/Y1.5/150 hydrostatic pressure test and an 85 gallon ‘T’ Salvage Drum drop — filled with water and secured with a Skolnik QuickLever closure ring. All testing was successful and the FAA staff found the experience to be helpful in better understanding the performance strengths of steel drums.