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Gaskets Need To Be Inspected Prior To Closure

January 9th, 2007 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: DOT/UN, Safety

One of the most critical components for proper drum closure is the gasket. Differing gasket styles, materials and profiles affect drum integrity and performance. Drum fillers must be aware that all gaskets need to be inspected prior to closing a drum. Whether it‘s the first time, or a repeated closure, check the gasket for any irregularities including: crumbling, cracking, slicing and tearing. Most importantly, is it properly seated into the cover groove or on top of the bead? If a user believes the gasket to be questionable, delay closure and purchase a replacement gasket from the original equipment manufacturer. It is important that the replacement gasket be the same as the original to maintain UN certification.

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