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Skolnik Hosts DOT/UN Testing Symposium

August 13th, 2008 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Safety

Since the adoption of performance oriented packaging standards (POPS) more than 10 years ago, the US has been the only country to allow manufacturers and reconditioners of UN certified packagings, to self-certify their containers. Taking the requirements from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR49), there is no testing standard or protocol with which these tests are performed. Those performing the tests usually have no formal training other than past experience learned from another tester. The result has been that interpretations of the requirements can vary and performance of the tests are sometimes incomplete. At Skolnik, we believe that the establishment of a POPS Test training program will help new and ongoing packaging manufacturers to better understand the testing procedures and on July 23rd, 2008, we hosted a Testing Symposium in which 20 POPS Test specialists met to create a forum for beginning the training program (See Testing Symposium Pictures). In addition, Haldis Fearn of HMF2 attended to assess the knowledge and experience of the testing specialists with the intent to create a training curriculum. In addition to reviewing the regulatory requirements for the stack, drop, leakproofness and hydrostatic pressure test, attendees were able to witness the preparation and actual performance of each test. The day proved to be successful and all the attendee’s requested that we repeat this event, at least, annually. If you are interested in attending the next Symposium, please contact me directly to be added to our participant list.

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