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Every UN Certified Drum Has Exacting Components

August 11th, 2009 by Matthew Dick

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

Raising the bar for steel drum manufacturing, Skolnik’s “higher-tech” carbon and stainless steel drums are engineered to meet the regulatory compliance levels required by our exacting customers. To ensure the integrity of these drums when in the field, we perform performance tests in accordance with the requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 178.600.
When buying a UN specification drum, the entire design of the drum, and all its components (heads, ring, gasket, bolt, nut, plugs), is defined by the test samples. With all of these exacting elements being incorporated into a drum type that must meet a test standard, users cannot alter or exchange any of these components, as it will impact the ability for the drum to perform as tested and certified. For example, on an open head, if a filler were to change the closure ring from a nut and bolt style to a Leverlock, or even change the gasket type, this would void the UN certification and the filler would bare the liability for non-compliance. If replacement parts are needed, fillers must make sure that they get original components from the original manufacturer that meet the test criteria of that specific drum. Once a drum is filled, compliance with the UN certification is the responsibility of the shipper. Lastly, always follow Skolnik’s Closure Instructions to verify proper closure.

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