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Why Use Steel for Salvage Drums?

January 23rd, 2017 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: HazMat, Salvage Drum

Salvage drums are containers designed and certified to hold other damaged, leaking or non-compliant containers. The drums are heavily regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and rightfully so — nobody wants leaking containers holding hazardous goods to be shipped across public roads. While salvage drums can legally be made of steel, polyethylene, aluminum or metal, we recommend steel salvage drums over other materials.

The reason is fairly obvious: steel is stronger.

Salvage drums and overpack salvage drums differ from ordinary overpack drums in their certification to carry and protect damaged or leaking containers. Overpacks are designed to protect non-leaking containers or to be used as a combination pack.

While every salvage drum must pass, at a minimum, standard UN performance requirements for drums shipping solids as well as a 3 psi air leak proof test, Skolnik steel salvage drums go above and beyond. Our salvage drums are thicker, heavier and stronger than industry and DOT standards require.

Our steel salvage drums constructed of high quality carbon steel and are rigorously tested to ensure UN and DOT compliance. Our 85 gallon salvage drums are even T-rated, meaning they have passed the UN ‘T’ test allowing it to hold liquid or solid materials. This test and rating were created to give shippers the confidence that their damaged drum will be securely contained, even if it is holding liquid.

Federal law doesn’t require shippers to use steel salvage drums. However, when considering the safety of the environment and population, steel provides a peace of mind that other materials cannot.

The fines for non-compliance are almost as brutal as the certification tests themselves. Whether out of concern for the community or for your own good standing with the DOT, safe containment and transport of dangerous goods is not an area to skimp on.

When to Use an Overpack Drum?

July 13th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Safety, Salvage Drum

An Overpack is an enclosure used to provide protection or convenience in handling a package, or to consolidate two or more packages. Overpacks are not the same as Salvage Drums and are only meant for non-leaking packages. If an Overpack drum is sold as a Salvage Drum, the DOT will hold the manufacturer and distributor liable and both parties could face a fine. The DOT does, however, expect a level of knowledge from the shipper and can hold them liable if they do not meet the proper requirements or misuse a drum.

So when should you use an Overpack Drum?

According to UN criteria and standards, Overpack Drums are certified as secure outer packaging. They are tested for solids and should not be used if the integrity of the inner package has been compromised.

An Overpack can be simply defined as a larger container into which a smaller one may be placed. An Overpack can be made of any material, the traditional choice being a 55 gallon metal drum. Overpack Drums come with their own set of UN and DOT requirements, but passing leak and pressure tests are not always among them. More often than not, Overpacks are used to facilitate the handling of another package or two. Skolnik, however, does pressure test Overpack Drums. Our Stainless steel Overpack Drums have each been tested at 1A2/X plus 15 psi hydrostatic pressure per CFR 49 for the over-packing of Toxic (Poisonous) by Inhalation packaging. But despite this rigorous testing and the fact that Skolnik products are made thicker, heavier and stronger than industry standards require, the DOT would still not consider our Overpack Drums as Salvage Drums.

But fear not, if it is a Salvage Drum you need, Skolnik can still help. Both our Overpack and Salvage Drum lines come in a variety of capacities, meet domestic and international regulations and offer extreme durability.

Salvage Drums vs. Overpack Drums

January 15th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Salvage Drum

What is a Salvage Drum?

Salvage drums are designed to contain leaking, damaged or non-compliant drums containing hazardous materials. If a company or shipper discovers a hazardous package leaking or damaged or has rags used to clean up a spill or leak, they must use a salvage drum in order to safely transport the package or materials.

Salvage drums can be made of steel, polyethylene, aluminum or metal and must be larger than the leaking package so that the damaged and dangerous materials can fit safely inside of the enclosed salvage drum. In order to qualify as a salvage drum, the container needs to meet a number of criteria and pass two very severe leak-proof and integrity tests.

What is an Overpack Container?

The DOT does not consider overpack drums as salvage drums. Traditionally, an overpack is a container that makes handling a package more convenient or consolidates two packages that are not leaking.

Why does it matter?

Many manufacturers have referred to salvage drums as overpacks over the years, increasing the recognition of the term overpack versus salvage. However, while you can use a salvage drum as an overpack container, not all overpack containers are salvage drums. Remember, salvage drums have undergone rigorous testing in order to be deemed qualified for their use containing hazardous materials. A drum that is merely labeled as an overpack, has not.

The unwitting misuse of an overpack drum as a salvage container can have dire consequences so make sure you are always purchasing and/or using the correct drums when transporting hazardous materials so as not to compromise your safety and the safety of others.

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At Skolnik, we offer Overpack Salvage Drums – these meet or exceed the UN and DOT requirements for Salvage drums but can also be used for overpack.