A compliant shipment of dangerous goods has never been more critical, more complex and more expensive if done improperly. In addition to lives at risk, planes, ships, trains, trucks and all public right-of-way can be severely impacted when an incident does occur. In order to educate shippers on how to identify, pack and ship hazardous materials, many agencies and industry partners are developing resources to provide the latest in safety regulation as well as videos and tools on how to transport products safely. The Council on Safe Transport of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA), has gathered this information and created a web page that is an outstanding resource for learning about compliant shipping of dangerous goods / hazardous materials. Check out the webpage and learn how you can help to ensure that regulated shipments in commerce are properly prepared.
Drum It Up! Steel Drum Industry News, Trends, and Issues
Archive for 2020
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a smaller size container is easier to move than a larger, but for a 30 gallon steel drum, it’s a victory worth noting. Sure, the 55 gallon drums might be ‘Mr. Popular,’ but due to their small stature, the 30 gallon drum is the jet setter of the pack.
That said, even 55 gallon drums log a few miles. And, regardless of their size, all containers are required to meet stringent standards and regulations in order to be safely transported. The primary regulating body for the Stateside transport of containers is, of course the Department of Transportation. However, the DOT shares a lot of regulations with the UN, which is responsible for overseeing and certifying containers for international shipment, among other things.
At Skolnik, we take these regulations very seriously and perform a number of UN and DOT tests in house to ensure our containers meet or exceed the necessary standards.
Every inch of our drums, whether they’re 30 gallons or much larger, are meticulously monitored and tested. The UN and DOT has regulations for each component of the containers: clamp bands, bolts, gaskets, lids, rolling hoops, thickness, chimes, seams, gauge and more. The standards may change depending on the capacity of the container and intended use, but there are always standards to achieve and rules to follow to ensure the safety and integrity of the container and its contents.
Afterall, our 30 gallon steel drums travel the world, so it is important they are built to perform, last and maintain compliance and safety wherever their journey takes them.
Trust in and follow regulations to ensure your packages are properly contained. Using the wrong container to transport or store goods, especially dangerous goods, puts your facility, community and employees at risk. It also puts you at risk of a fine.
There’s a number of regulatory bodies in the packaging and transportation industry. With countless manufacturers and transportation companies across the globe building and utilizing industrial containers everyday, it’s unsurprising that one of those governing bodies is the United Nations.
At Skolnik, we manufacture UN rated steel drum containers. That means these containers have been built, tested and certified to contain liquid or solid dangerous materials. Only packages that are certified to have passed the UN packaging standard tests may be used to transport dangerous goods.
The UN performance standards are internationally recognized and each is marked with a code that indicates the physical nature of the product for which they are suited (solid, liquid, dangerous goods group, etc).
UN drums are tested against drop, stack, leak and pressure standards and there are three different dangerous goods packaging groups.
Skolnik not only rigorously tests our drums to ensure they meet UN specifications, but we also build our UN steel drums to surpass many of the requirements. Our drums are built stronger than is required.
We do our due diligence to ensure our packages are UN rated and certified, but it is the shipper who is responsible for selecting and filling packages appropriately. It is also the shipper’s responsibility to mark packages correctly. Shipping container packers should check that packages are properly marked and, if they are not, should not transport them. But the liability falls on the shipper.
Do you know what UN rating your materials need? Skolnik can help you understand the UN ratings and guide you to the packaging suited for your use. What’s more, Skolnik UN drums are built stronger and thicker than the industry standards require.