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Start The New Year With A Fresh Understanding Of UN Certification

January 8th, 2008 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

Nearly all the drum types manufactured by SKOLNIK are tested and certified to the UN Recommendations and the US-DOT regulations (CFR49) for transport of hazardous materials. For manufacturer‘s within the United States, self-certification of the drum types is allowed, but annual retesting and re-certification is also required. 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 elements being incorporated into a drum type that must meet a test standard, users cannot alter or exchange any of these components as it might impact the ability for the drum to perform as certified. If, for example, a shipper changes the ring from a nut and bolt style to a Leverlock, or even changes the style of gasket, this will void the UN certification. If replacement parts are needed, fillers must make sure that they get original parts from the manufacturer that meet the test criteria of that specific drum. Once a drum is filled, compliance with the UN certification for transport is the responsibility of the shipper.

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