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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.

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.