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Archive for 2018

This Calls for an Overpack Drum

December 27th, 2018 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

Safety is paramount. We know that reviewing shipping regulations can be daunting, but, at the end of the day, those regulations are all in place to help protect your materials, facilities, team and the environment. Even the best laid plans can take a sudden turn, and that’s why the UN and DOT requires a few fail-safes to be in place. When you need to transport a potentially non-compliant container or something you fear may rupture or be damaged during transport, an overpack drum is an excellent (and often required) fail-safe.

At its simplest, an overpack container is a container used to provide added protection or convenience in handling a package or to consolidate two or more package.

According to UN criteria and standards, overpack drums are certified as secure outer packaging. They are a container for your containers. Like a Russian nesting doll. They are tested for solids only and should not be used to hold a leaking package.

Many shippers choose to use an overpack drum as a multi-pack, because it is easier for their team to move or manage one large container instead of many smaller or maybe oddly shaped packages. Others choose to use an overpack drum as an extra safety measure for solid materials they want to be extra sure aren’t damaged in transit.

No matter your motive for using an overpack, whether it is for compliance or convenience, Skolnik can help. Our overpack drums come in a variety of capacities and meet or exceed domestic and international regulations.

Do UN Steel Drums Expire?

December 25th, 2018 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Skolnik Newsletter

It is important to know that once a certified UN steel drum is manufactured, it can be invalidated, but it never expires! What is critical is that the certification test report is valid when the drums are manufactured. Though certification on the steel drum does not expire, it can be deemed noncompliant if the components used in the drum are not as those specified in the Closure Instructions from the original steel drum manufacturer, or the most recent re-manufacturer.

To fully understand this distinction, drums that are regulated by the DOT, have to be manufactured within 12 months of the Performance Test Report date. If a specific drum is tested on Jan 1, 2018, a manufacturer can continue to manufacture that drum until Dec 31, 2018 under the conditions granted by the Performance Test Report. In order to continue the flow of production, a new replacement test, and Test Report, would have to be in force before Dec 31st 2018, and this would give certification to drum manufactured from the Test date as noted in the Report, for 1 year from that test date. Drums will then have a UN durable mark and permanent mark that indicate the year of manufacture. This is an example of a Performance Test Report.

Once a drum enters use and is in the field, there is no expiration date. However, the drum will always be subject to the closure instruction for that drum. Usually, closure instructions will include an inspection of the gasket or other critical components of the drum. It is the shippers responsibility to be sure that all components are in a like condition as when the drum was new. If DOT were to inspect a 10 year old drum and test it, they would expect it to perform to the original Test Report.
At Skolnik, we keep a list of all our testing expiration dates. This allows our customers to know that the drums they are using regularly have ongoing testing. www.skolnik.com/uncertifications

Medical Waste Market set to take off!

December 19th, 2018 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Safety, Skolnik Newsletter

Improved government participation in designing stringent regulatory acts is aimed at proper disposal of medical waste. Across the globe, this is becoming one of the major factors for the estimated expansion of the medical waste containers market of the future. However, low awareness about specificity of medical waste disposal containers is expected to restrain the potential medical waste containers market.

The global medical waste containers market has been segmented based on product, waste, usage, medical waste generators, and region. Based on product, the global medical waste containers market has been classified into chemotherapy containers, radioactive containers, pharmaceutical containers, sharps containers, RCRA containers, and biohazard medical waste containers. The sharps containers segment has been further divided into patient room sharps containers, phlebotomy containers, and multipurpose sharps containers. In 2017, the pharmaceutical containers segment accounted for a significant market share and is expected to remain dominant during the forecast period. The significant expansion of this segment is attributable to the rise in the number of health care facilities across the globe and improved regulations of the government regarding safe disposal of pharmaceutical waste. The RCRA containers segment is expected to expand at a sluggish pace between 2018 and 2026, owing to the lack of awareness about specificity of medical waste containers for specific type of wastes in emerging countries. In terms of waste, the global medical waste market has been categorized into infectious & pathological waste, non-infectious waste, radioactive waste, sharps waste, and pharmaceutical waste. The non-infectious waste segment accounted for significant revenue and market value share in 2017 because of he emergence of numerous manufacturers of medical waste containers for the non-infectious waste category. The segment is expected to remain dominant in the near future due to the rise in awareness among the health care providers who are aiming to avoid cross contamination and infections, regarding disposal of medical waste.

Assess and Address your Spill Risk before Secondary Spill Containment

December 13th, 2018 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

If you have a risk of spill, you need spill containment. If you need spill containment, it is probably best that you have a secondary spill containment plan as well. And, if they contain a hazardous substance, the EPA requires them to have secondary containment.

But how do you know if your facility has a spill risk? Well, almost every facility charged with storing or transporting a liquid will experience some type of spill. If the materials aren’t hazardous, your spill might not be critical and your secondary containment might not be required by governing bodies, but that doesn’t mean your spill isn’t dangerous.

Spills can be a slip hazard, an exposure hazard, a corrosive hazard. They can also cause expensive delays and non-critical damage.

A few things to consider when assessing your spill risk:

  • Your contents and their classes (first and foremost!)
  • The largest container in a given area
  • The size and slope of your space
  • Proximity of drains
  • Type and location of response supplies

Only then can you determine what type of spill risk is present and how you can address it. Every facility’s spill risk is different, but secondary spill containment can help mitigate them all the same. So talk to your Skolnik rep about our secondary spill containers today and start making strides toward a safer workspace and community.

Secondary containment requirements are addressed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) contained in title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 264, the 2006 Uniform Fire Code (UFC) in standard and in the 2012 International Fire Code (IFC) in 5004.2.

Avoiding another Monte Testaccio — The beginning of wine transport.

December 11th, 2018 by Jon Stein

Filed under: Skolnik Newsletter, Stainless Steel, Wine

Humans have been imbibing wine for thousands of years. But, the question of how wine got from one place to another, is fascinating to explore. While it’s relatively easy to carry vine cuttings on long journeys, bringing finished wine with you is a much more difficult task. If there’s truth to the old cliché that necessity is the mother of invention, then as a species, we’ve shown a serious need to drink wine. Transporting wine is a tricky task, as your storage vessel needs to accomplish four different goals:

  • Air must be kept out of the vessel to prevent oxidation.
  • The vessel must be strong enough not to easily break, without being so heavy that it cannot be easily moved (especially when hand labor was the rule).
  • In many cases, the vessel needs to be opened and then resealed.
  • The vessel itself shouldn’t interact with the wine (though we’ll see that a very large asterisk follows this rule).

In addition to those goals, the vessel needs to be stored in an environment that has a stable temperature. If wine is exposed to heat for too long it will “cook” and lose its flavor.

Amphorae — Were the ancient world’s standardized way to transport wine, olive oil and other prized liquids. Amphorae came in many sizes, similar to both the bulk transport formats we use today as well as the world’s common wine bottle sizes. These wax-lined (pine and bees wax were common) ceramic containers, invented by the Egyptians, were gradually adopted by nearly all the wine drinking/producing civilizations throughout the Mediterranean and Mesopotamian regions. They reached their peak in usage and standardization in ancient Greece and Rome. They were easy to produce and, importantly, easy to transport. Their shape was round with a tapered bottom, two handles and a long, slim neck. The amphora’s tapered bottom also proved to be useful in keeping its contents from sloshing around during a sea journey. This was accomplished by filling a ship’s hold with sand, and then partially burying each amphora in the sand. Looking at an amphora you can see the similarities to a modern wine bottle, from the long neck, which keeps the wine away from oxygen, to the sediment-collecting concave bottom of most wine bottles, the ‘punt.’ The Romans continuously improved their physical design — the goals being to reduce weight without sacrificing strength and to pack more and more amphorae into the cargo holds of ships. This excerpt from David Stone Potter’s book Life, Death, and Entertainment in the Roman Empire, shows the massive scope of the Roman ‘logistics’ system:

A year’s supply of 20,000,000 liters oil translates into about 285,714 amphorae, and 100,000,000 liters of wine would require 4,000,000 amphorae, and that’s just for the city of Rome. The author is quick to note that these are estimates based upon some consumption and population assumptions. Still, these are not unreasonable assumptions: archeologists have estimated that Monte Testaccio ‘an artificial hill’ in Rome, is composed of 53 million or so broken amphorae, discarded over the course of 150-300 years. Rome’s Monte Testaccio is one of the largest spoil heaps (landfills) found anywhere in the ancient world, covering an area of 20,000 square meters (220,000 sq ft) at its base and with a volume of approximately 580,000 cubic meters (760,000 cu yd).

Stainless Steel — While today we recognize that oak barrel aging is fundamental to the production of many wines (or oak substitutes such as chips in stainless steel barrels), the use of stainless steel has grown, from the large storage tanks to the straight sided and “barrel” shaped drums now being used to store and transport wine. Monte Testaccio? Never again, but here at Skolnik Industries, our stainless steel wine barrels are reusable, easy to clean, and recyclable at the end of their service life. check out the full line of our Stainless Steel Wine Drums here.

More than a Manufacturer

November 30th, 2018 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

Superior drums start with superior people. Skolnik is more than a steel drum manufacturer, we’re an expert resource and industry guide. The Skolnik team is always available to answer questions and guide our partners to the best container and solution for their needs.

We’re industrial packaging manufacturers who hold our products and service to a higher standard. Our steel drums are built thicker, heavier and stronger than the industry standards, and our service extends far beyond the manufacturing process, because the industrial packaging industry extends far beyond the manufacturing process.

Our team of experts is constantly plugged-in to the transportation, storage and regulative landscape. We’re a resource for transportation information and insights and strategic storage solutions. We know the past and present of our industry and keep an eye on the future. We encourage questions and curiosity, and we’re always happy to help.

At Skolnik, we are committed to delivering steel drums that are not only strong, reliable and compliant, but that are the perfect container for our partners unique needs, materials, goals and challenges. So yes, we’re a storied steel drum manufacturer. But more than that, we’re a partner.