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Preventing DOT Fines for Non-Compliance

December 20th, 2016 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Skolnik Newsletter

The US Department of Transportation, DOT, has increased its presence in the field and they will be showing up at companies that manufacture, package, transport, or use dangerous goods. In addition, DOT also visits companies with related products that are regulated. Having a plan in place to welcome the inspector into your facility can greatly affect the outcome of the visit. Knowing some inside information in preparation for this visit can help your company prepare for these inspections and appear knowledgeable and informed. As a guide to helping you be prepared, COSTHA (Conference on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles) offers What To Do When The DOT Hazardous Materials Inspector Calls as a handbook detailing how to be ready to receive the DOT. Written by Lawrence (Larry) Bierlein, Esg., the book is filled with pointers for consideration. Copies are available for $19.00 + shipping, from COSTHA at 703.451.4031 or at mail@costha.com. On-line copies are available free to COSTHA members.

In the case of steel drums, if purchasing a drum that meets the United Nations criteria for shipping hazardous materials, the proper closure of the drum is the final and most important part of the closure process. In fact, the US Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, paragraph 178.2(c), requires that packaging manufacturers give current written instructions to the fillers and shippers about the proper closure procedure for their “manufacturer-specific” packaging. For example, all 55 gallon drums are not the same and Closure Instructions must be from the specific manufacturer.

It is important to note that Closure Instructions are not generic. While every SKOLNIK drum is shipped with written Closure Instructions, you can now view a video of the proper closure of the Closed Head with 2“ and Ā¾“ fittings, Open Head with a Bolt Ring, and the Open Head with a Quick Lever closure ring. In addition, written Closure Instructions are also available in Spanish. Check out all our Closure Instruction options here and call us if you need further clarification or would like to receive additional information for your record keeping.

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