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2013 Dangerous Goods Advisory Council Conference in New Orleans

October 31st, 2013 by Lisa Stojanovich

Filed under: Associations, Industry News, Salvage Drum

The Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC) Conference took place last week at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans.  Monday morning kick started the event with a presentation by Keynote Speaker and President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, Gary LaGrange.  LaGrange spoke about the Port of New Orleans part in dangerous good transporting.  Following the address, conference attendees were invited to split into groups and choose a morning workshop session.  These sessions allowed for deeper learning about topics such as GHS Classifications, Engineered Nanoparticles, and the Role of the Community and Transportation of Dangerous Goods.

Howard Skolnik attended the workshop presented by Pam Jenkins, a professor at the University of New Orleans who specializes in the academic understanding of “Risk and Place.” He said it was one of the most interesting presentations he has heard; Jenkins’s presentation focused on the needs for communities to plan ahead, from inception, the location of dangerous or high risk facilities in relation to population centers. Too often high risk facilities, which include railroad tracks, are located adjacent to schools, arenas, and other locations that house a large number of people. Ms. Jenkins then went on to talk about responders to incidents and pointed out that the real First Responders to any incident are the survivors who then begin the process of recovery. Coincidentally, the concept of risk and recovery related directly to Skolnik and our Salvage Overpack Drum products which were used throughout New Orleans to safely overpack and contain drifting drums of hazardous materials in the aftermath of Katrina.

Later that afternoon regulation updates that affected US, Canadian, Mexican, and Brazilian markets were announced.  Susan Hauge, from TEN-E Packaging Services, INC spoke on behalf of the US changes made to the 49 CFR. Significant, and effective later this year, HM258B, dealing with Enforcement Procedures, will allow DOT inspectors to open and inspect supposedly non-compliant packages that are in-transit. Though it is unclear how DOT will effectively re-close a packaging according to the specific closure instructions for each package, DOT does state that they will have the necessary tools to effect a proper closure. Procedures like these are the reasons Skolnik makes sure to have proper closure instructions for all their manufactured steel drums available online.  Marie-France Dagenais, Director General of Transport Canada, covered new Canadian Regulatory Initiatives and the July 6th Lac-Megantic derailment, the fourth deadliest rail accident in Canadian history.  Finally, Edgar Rodriguez Sierra, ASHM, Regulatory Specialist for ChemADVISOR, Inc, spoke about changes that are affecting operations in Mexico and Brazil.

Morning sessions on Tuesday brought updates from Amy Parker, Chemical Engineer, on behalf of the International Maritime Organization, changes made to the ICAO Technical Instructions were presented by Neil McCulloch, Manager of International Products at Labelmaster, and Martin Castle, Chief Consultant at the VCA Dangerous Goods Office gave a look to the changes made to European regulations as found in the ADR.

Tuesday’s luncheon also featured two significant events. Al Roberts, the past-President of DGAC and long time Technical Staff announced his retirement, effective December 31, 2013. “Thanks for the years of service Al!” Secondly, The Wilson Award for lifetime achievement was given to Martin Castle. “Congratulations, Martin, on a well deserved award and thank you for helping to make our world a safer place to live!

Wednesday, the final day of the conference, brought more opportunities for networking and another workshop session; this time featuring training choices in the areas of GHS compliance, Hazardous Waste, and a case study of the identifying incident hotspots by using petrochemical incident data location systems.

The conference was a success and attendees can look forward to more at next year’s event held in Charlotte, November 3-5, 2014.

 

What is a T Rated drum?

October 17th, 2013 by Lisa Stojanovich

Filed under: Salvage Drum

and why is it important?

According to the Code of Federal Regulations 173.3 ( c) (7), “a salvage packaging marked ‘T’ in accordance with applicable provisions in the UN recommendations may be used [in overpacking].”

Put simply, a T-rated drum is a Salvage Drum that has passed the T test according to UN standards, allowing it to hold liquid or solid materials. The Salvage Drum is designed for use with damaged, leaking and non-complaint packagings. Since 16 gauge (1.5mm) steel thickness, 85 gallon drums used in overpacking are usually given the T test; though other size drums can earn a T rating, but it is less common.  The test, and subsequent rating, were created to give shippers the confidence that if a Salvage Drum was used to overpack a damaged drum containing liquid, the damaged drum would be securely contained.

What is most important to know about the T rating is that although it is not federal law in America, many European countries require it for drums being used for overpacking.  If an 85 gallon salvage drum goes to, or ends up, anywhere in Europe it must have passed the T test and earned the proper rating to pass through customs.  A Salvage Drum without the T rating may not be considered compliant European countries without the proper rating.

At Skolnik, we put our 85 gallon salvage drums through the T test once a year as per regulation requires, but we can T test a drum, if requested, throughout the year.  The test, which is done in house, looks very similar to the liquid rating test for a 55 gallon steel drum.  The 85 gallon Salvage Drum is filled with water and lifted to the appropriate height before being dropped and free falling, in a calculated position, to the ground.  If the drum shows no sign of leaking it has officially passed the T test and earns the UN T rating.  If the drum were to fail the liquid test,  it still has the ability to be used as a solids only Salvage Drum.

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 6.1.5.1.11, 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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