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Archive for 2008

World Quality “Every” Day is celebrated at SKOLNIK

December 9th, 2008 by Matthew Dick

Filed under: Cool Stuff, Industry News

Whenever a new employee joins the Skolnik staff, they are surprised that a steel drum can require exacting detail in the specifying, manufacturing and shipping requirements. In order to support the understanding of how quality effects products and customers, our Quality Team chose to have a companywide celebration in connection with World Quality Day. Sponsored by the Chartered Quality Institute in London, by participating in World Quality Day we promote the key role that quality plays in our organization and demonstrates our commitment to quality for our customers and suppliers. On November 13th, 2008, World Quality Day included company-wide quality training, a luncheon and all employees received sweatshirts commemorating their participation in the event. We made a brief video of the day’s activities and you can view it at: World Quality Day Video. Quality is “Everyday” at Skolnik.

EPA Proposes Expansion of Universal Waste for Pharmaceuticals

December 9th, 2008 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Industry News

In the December 2nd, 2008 Federal Register, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed an amendment to the Universal Waste Rule which would add hazardous pharmaceutical wastes to the definition. The Universal Waste Rule, introduced on May 11, 1995, modified the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s hazardous waste regulations by establishing a set of streamlined requirements for the collection of certain widely dispersed hazardous wastes, called “universal wastes.” This proposed rule would facilitate better management of pharmaceutical wastes by streamlining the generator requirements and encouraging generators of hazardous pharmaceutical wastes to manage them under the provisions of the Universal Waste Rule, which ensures that these hazardous pharmaceutical wastes are properly disposed of and treated as hazardous wastes. In addition, this proposed rule would facilitate the implementation of pharmaceutical take-back programs by removing RCRA barriers in the collection of pharmaceutical wastes from health care and other such regulated facilities, as well as facilitate the collection of pharmaceutical wastes from households, including non-hazardous pharmaceutical wastes. Comments must be received on or before February 2, 2009 identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2007-0932. For submission information go to: Docket.

Unified Wine and Grape Symposium Rapidly Approaching

December 9th, 2008 by Jason Snow

Filed under: Wine

As the season winds down, now is a good time to start looking ahead to 2009. On January 28th and 29th, Skolnik Industries will be exhibiting our extremely popular stainless steel wine drums once again in Sacramento at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium. Stainless steel wine drums continue to revolutionize the industry, providing winemakers with a new realm of options and drum versatility. In recent years, the popularity of stainless steel wine drums has increased dramatically as wine makers find these drums advantageous for their cleanliness, availability, longevity, and price. This year we plan to bring one of our new variations – a 2” tri-clover fitting in the center of the top of the drum, not just the body center. Please stop by and see us at booth # 241. We have a limited number of free entry vouchers that we would be happy to send to you and/or your colleagues. If interested, contact us immediately at: 773.362.1913 or email jason@skolnik.com.

DOT Inspectors Target Records Retention

November 12th, 2008 by Matthew Dick

Filed under: DOT/UN

As DOT inspectors continue to visit hazardous material container manufacturers and shippers, part of their inspection often includes a review of the documents on file. Documents pertaining to the UN test certification must be retained. Whether manufacturing a new or reconditioned container, or filling and shipping, the test log and report for each specific design type of container must be retained. In addition, all current reports must be held for at least two years after the end of the final production run of that design type. The test report must contain (at a minimum) the following information: 1) Name and address of the test facility; 2) Name and address of the applicant; 3) A unique test report identification; 4) Date of the test report; 5) Manufacturer of the packaging; 6) Description of the packaging design type (eg: dimensions, construction materials, closures, wall thicknesses, etc.) including methods of manufacture (eg: lap or butt welding, blow molding, etc.) and which may include photographs, drawings or videos; 7) Maximum capacity; 8) Characteristics of the test contents (eg: viscosity and relative density for liquids and particle size for solids; 9) Test descriptions and results; and 10) A signed report with the name and title of signatory. A test certification that does not include, at least, all of this information can be determined to be incomplete and non-compliant. Prevent a possible fine from DOT and verify that; 1) you have these documents on hand; 2) that they are current; and 3) that they are complete.

NMFC’s New Density Rules for Empty Drum Shipments

November 12th, 2008 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Industry News

In our October 2008 blog/Newsletter, we informed our readers that the rates charged for transporting empty (new) steel drums had increased due to reclassification by the Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB) of the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC). As of August 23rd, 2008, drums that were formerly shipped under class 92.5 would now be shipped under class 150 or higher resulting in a substantial cost increase per unit. Last week, at the annual conference of the Reusable Industrial Packaging Association, Mr. Rick Rubin of Maxi Container, Inc. gave a thorough presentation on the pricing procedure, old and new, for the shipment of these empty containers. The presentation included freight class definitions, a review of the old rules (Section 52800) and a review of the new rules (Section 174610). The presentation also offers sample calculations for open head and closed head drums, with and without pallets. We believe that Rick’s presentation brings clarity to a rather complex specification and we invite you to see Rick’s presentation. You can link to it directly at: New Density Rules for Steel Drums. Note the recommendations at the end of the presentation. FAK rates (freight of all kinds) are available, in most cases, and should be negotiated as soon as possible.

Wine Drums Are Now Available With a Top-Fill Option

November 12th, 2008 by Jason Snow

Filed under: Wine

Skolnik has augmented its wide range of stainless steel wine drums with the launch of our new Top-Fill Wine Drum. Designed specifically for horizontal or vertical storage, these new drums have the traditional Tri-Clover flange centered in the top head of the drum. This new fill location allows wineries increased processing and storage flexibility in the wine making process.The Top-Fill Wine Drum is available for our most popular sizes, including the 16, 30 and 55 gallon stainless steel drums. If you are planning to attend the upcoming Wine Symposium in Sacramento in January 2009, we will be displaying the Top-Fill Wine Drum at our exhibit booth. Hope to see you in January!