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Drum It Up! Steel Drum Industry News, Trends, and Issues

If It Ain‘t Broke, Don’t Fix It!

December 4th, 2001 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: Uncategorized

Recent testing of steel containers has been conducted to determine the integrity of the conventional test protocol. Specifically, a proposal was accepted by the UN requiring open head drums for liquids to be tested 24-hours after the closing of the drum. On a separate matter, testing was completed to determine whether the 4,6 or 8 o‘clock positioning of the open head ring was the weakest point of a drum when dropped. Not that either of these tests would have a significant impact on performance, money and time was spent in order to validate, or invalidate, the current test protocol. With tests completed for both proposals, it was concluded that the current protocol did, in fact, offer the more rigorous test, and both proposals, we hope, will be rescinded. With information derived from the Federal incident reporting format (Form 5800), in-field problems will be highlighted and corrective actions should be taken to increase safety. Whereas in the two items discussed here, trying to improve something that is not problematic is an unnecessary effort.

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