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Shipper Alert for New Packaging Approval Numbers in 2018

December 26th, 2017 by Howard Skolnik

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

PHMSA issued a notice to holders of manufacturer and reconditioner approvals that they are proposing to terminate all M-Number and R-Number approvals that were previously issued without an expiration date that those approvals will be terminated one year after publication of this notice, i.e. November 17, 2018. If a holder wishes to continue use of either of these approvals, they must show why the approval should not be terminated or apply for a modification of their approval prior to the effective date. If an approval is terminated, the holder must submit a request for reconsideration within 20 days of the termination.
M-Number Approvals are issued to companies that manufacture or recondition packaging. An M-Number is used as part of the packaging certification mark in place of the company’s name and address, as authorized in Ā§ 178.503. R-Number Approvals have not been issued for a period of time, but are active and allowed to continue to be used. PHMSA states that standardization of the M-Number and R-Number Approvals will allow them to regularly review the approval documents and track changes, ensuring that the information submitted by the holders remains current and accurate.
Current holders of R-Number Approvals will be issued M-Number approvals, but will be allowed to continue to use their previously issued R-Number. All new and reissued M-Number Approvals will be issued with a 5-year expiration date.

Shipper’s should also maintain validation of their packaging manufacturer and reconditioner expiration dates.
Effective date of termination of these approvals is: November 17, 2018


December 19th, 2017 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Skolnik Newsletter

Proper closure of a steel drum is the final regulatory detail to shipping compliance. Even though you may be purchasing a drum that meets the United Nations criteria for shipping hazardous materials, the proper closure of the drum is the most critical part of the regulation and Closure Instructions are not generic. In fact, the US Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, paragraph 178.2(c), requires that packaging manufacturers give current written instruction to the fillers about the proper closure procedure for their “manufacturer-specific” packaging. While every SKOLNIK order is shipped with written Closure Instructions, you can now view new videos of the:

In addition, written Closure Instructions are also available in Spanish. Check out all our Closure Instruction options at Skolnik.com/closure_instruction and call us if you need further clarification or would like to receive additional information for your record keeping.

Visit Skolinik at the 2018 Unified Wine Symposium

December 12th, 2017 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: Skolnik Newsletter, Wine

Third generation winegrower and artisan winemaker Gina Gallo of E. & J. Gallo Winery will deliver the keynote luncheon speech on opening day of the 2018 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium on Tuesday, January 23, in Sacramento at the Sheraton Grand. “As a member of one of America’s historic winemaking families, Gina embodies a sense of tradition, family legacy, craft and business acumen that transcends generations and inspires future growth amongst colleagues,” says John Aguirre, president of the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), a co-organizer of the event along with the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV). Gina Gallo oversees the Gallo Signature Series and Ernest & Julio Gallo Estate wines. In her role, she is intimately engaged with the Gallo family’s premier estate vineyards in Napa, Sonoma and Monterey counties. As the Senior Director of Winemaking, she views winemaking as both a creative expression of the land and as a demonstration of the unique qualities of a specific vintage. Her values stem from her family’s entrepreneurial history, using her experience and creative vision to craft luxury wines from her favorite blocks from the family’s estate vineyards. Gallo was a 2016 inductee to the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. Fortune magazine named her one of the “Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink,” and she was named #17 on Decanter magazine’s “Power List” of the most important men and women in wine. She is a board member of the American Farmland Trust, which works to preserve agricultural land, and Taste of the NFL, which raises funds and awareness for food banks and anti-hunger initiatives. The 2018 Unified Symposium will again take place at the Sacramento Convention Center, located in downtown Sacramento, January 23-25. Built with the joint input of growers, vintners and allied industry members, the Unified Symposium serves as a clearinghouse of information important to wine and grape industry professionals. The Unified Symposium also hosts the industry’s largest trade show of its kind, with over 650 vendors displaying their products and services.
For additional information, visit www.unifiedsymposium.org and be sure to visit Skolnik Industries at booth number 1205 to see our complete line of stainless steel wine barrels.

Paris to Ban Gas Cars

November 28th, 2017 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

Planning to be a leader in environmental protection, the City of Paris authorities announced a plan to banish all petrol- and diesel-fueled cars from the world’s most visited city by 2030. The move marks an acceleration in plans to wean Parisians off gas-guzzlers and switch to electric vehicles in a city often obliged to impose temporary bans due to surges in particle pollution in the air. Paris City Hall stated that France had already set a target date of 2040 for an end to cars dependent on fossil fuels and that this plan also required speedier phase-outs in large cities.

The French capital, which will host the Olympic Games in the summer of 2024 and was host city for the latest worldwide pact on policies to tame global warming, has already been eyeing an end to diesel cars in the city by the time of the Olympics. Already under attack over the establishment of no-car zones, Paris City Hall has established car-free days and fines for drivers who enter the city in cars that are more than 20 years old. Downplaying the use of the word “ban,” the plan is designed to introduce a feasible deadline by which combustion-engine cars would be phased out.

There are about 32 million household cars in France, where the population is about 66 million.Many Parisians do not own cars, relying on extensive public transport systems and, increasingly, fast-burgeoning networks offering bikes, scooters and low-pollution hybrid engine cars for short-term rental. The ban on petrol-fueled, or gasoline-engine vehicles as they are known in the United States, marks a radical escalation of anti-pollution policy. Many other cities in the world are considering similar moves and China, the world’s biggest polluter after the United States, recently announced that it would soon be seeking to get rid of combustion-engine cars too.

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