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What is Secondary Spill Containment?

June 4th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: DOT/UN, Safety

Since the industrial revolution, businesses, governments and individuals have been shipping just about anything and everything to just about anywhere. Everything must travel, even hazardous materials. So it is incredibly important for any hazardous materials to be packaged correctly so as not to contaminate anything it might come in contact with.

Secondary spill containment is the containment of hazardous materials liquids in order to prevent pollution of soil or water. There are a number of techniques for containment, but for transporting hazardous materials that might spill or leak during transit there are portable containment berms. Portable berms are useful for oil drums, trucks, tankers and trailers.

In addition to portable secondary spill containment, any facilities that store large quantities of petroleum are required to provide containment to further prevent leaks of any size.

The shipment of hazardous materials is a more tricky situation with more variables and possibly even more restrictions. Materials must be properly classified and the packaging selection, closing procedures, documentation, emergency notifications and more must fit the requirements. It can be a daunting task, and some companies devote an entire department to maintaining the safety and compliance of their hazmat transport, but there is always help just a phone call away–The DOT (Department of Transportation) INFO LINE.

You can reach the info line by calling 1-800–467-4922 from 9am to 5pm EST. The info line is staffed with knowledgeable hazmat professionals capable of helping each caller understand the requirements of their package. The Skolnik team is also always a phone call away and happy to help our customers find the right containment for their needs.

30 Gallon Steel Drums Set to Travel

January 29th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: DOT/UN, Safety

The immediate difference between a 55 gallon steel drum and a 30 gallon steel drum? The 30 gallon steel drum is smaller. Not a novel concept, but smaller size drums are easier to move and so it is only natural that 30 gallon steel drums tend to log a lot of miles.

All drums, regardless of size, are required to meet stringent guidelines regulated by the Department of Transportation. Every inch and aspect of a steel drum must be thoroughly tested and inspected before it is deemed safe and appropriate for transport. At Skolnik, we don’t take these rules lightly. A number of UN and DOT tests are even done in house and meticulously monitored throughout the manufacturing process.

When we say every inch of the drum, we mean it. There are standards for every part of the drum: clamp bands, bolts, gaskets, lids, rolling hoops, thickness, chimes, seams and more. The steel must meet a thickness regulation based on its capacity and intended use, reinforcing rings might be required, rolling hoops must be tight and not spot-welded. Every opening and closure device must be a certain size and sealed tight for shipment. There are rules on what you can weld and how you must execute the welding. There are protective coatings and treatments with their own tests and requirements. There are maximums, there are minimums, and then of course there are a series of tests to ensure the container is leak proof.

A lot goes into ensuring the safety and integrity of our steel drums whether they are being used for regular transport or storage. As cumbersome as these regulations may seem, each and every one is tremendously important. Our 30 gallon steel drums travel the world and we want to keep the world and all of its inhabitants safe and satisfied.