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A Brief Look at U.N. and DOT Hazmat Packaging Classes & Codes

March 31st, 2016 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

Skolnik drums are built thicker, stronger and heavier to exceed industry standards and ensure an unrivaled level of quality and U.N. packaging compliance. Laws and regulations governing the use, handling, shipping and storage of hazardous materials differ depending on the intended transport or activity of the material and the material itself. It can be a lot to keep track of, but at Skolnik, we keep a steady hand on the pulse of DOT and UN Packaging regulations so our customers can rest assured that their containers are compliant and their materials, facilities and staff are safe.

DOT and UN regulations are particularly stringent when it comes to hazardous materials. The term hazardous material, or hazmat, is used almost exclusively in the United States. Internationally, these materials are known as “dangerous goods.” Dangerous goods are any solid, liquid or gas that can harm people, other living organisms, property or the environment.

There are numerous organizations tasked with governing the use, storage and, especially, the transportation of dangerous goods. Some of the most widely applied and adhered to regulations come from The Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods of the UN Economic and Social Council and the appropriate regional or international transportation agency (e.g. the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Maritime Organization and/or our very own U.S. Department of Transportation).

The U.S. DOT follows the UN regulation model, dividing dangerous goods into nine classes, sub divisions and requiring such materials to be properly labeled and transported in specific packaging. The major UN hazard classes are as follows:

  • Explosives

  • Gases

  • Flammable Liquids

  • Flammable Solids

  • Oxidizers and Organic Peroxides

  • Toxic Materials and Infectious Substances

  • Radioactive Materials

  • Corrosives

  • Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods

Trailers and transport containers are usually marked with a four digit UN code number indicating the nature of their contents to any first responders in case of emergency. Not all countries use precisely the same label and coding protocol in their national regulations, so it is important to refer to the Dangerous Goods Transportation Regulations of the country of interest to ensure your materials are properly labeled and packaged. At Skolnik, UN packaging and compliance is always a top priority. You can be confident that if it is a Skolnik barrel, it will meet all necessary DOT and UN regulations and then some.

Packing & Stacking: The 30 Gallon Drum

August 20th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: DOT/UN, Safety

The 55 gallon drum might be the most popular, or at least the most ubiquitous, but that doesn’t mean it is perfect for every situation. The 30 gallon steel drum stands at just over 26 inches tall and is the perfect size vessel for a myriad of situations.

First and foremost, this smaller but mighty container is the perfect fit for travel. They can be stored easily and securely in the sensitive environment that is the belly of an airborne plane. The 30 gallon is also used in ground and sea transport – its small size and stackability allows many barrels to fit in a limited space. If you’ve got a small warehouse with a finite amount of space for storage: the 30 gallon is your friend there too.

The 30 gallon drum is an important part of ‘next day shipping.’ The small size of the drum paired with its strength makes it a safe and economical choice for expedited or long term shipping. Especially the 30 gallon salvage drum. The shipping industry is loaded with requirements and roadblocks, the 30 gallon salvage drum readily equips you for the journey ahead, and the unexpected bumps along the way.

That is the glory of the 30 gallon steel drum – it is small without sacrificing any integrity. It is just as strong and well-engineered as the larger drums. It can be customized to fit whatever regulations or requirements that face you and it is ready to squeeze its way into your life and favorite containers list.