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Archive for May, 2020

DGS Symposium on Dangerous Goods will now be Virtual and Free!

May 26th, 2020 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Associations, HazMat, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

Hosted annually by Labelmaster, this year’s DGS Symposium (Sept 9 – 11, 2020) was planned for Chicago. However, due to the social-distancing mandates that will be imposed during the autumn months, they have decided to create the industry’s first virtual Dangerous Goods Symposium that will include live streaming panels and 1:1 conversations, on-demand regulatory updates and more featuring the most sought-after DG experts.

From your home, you will be able to attend:

  • Live Q&A sessions and panels with industry and regulatory leaders scheduled at specific days and times between September 9th and September 11th
  • On demand regulatory update presentations for viewing on whatever day and time is best for you
  • Live streaming small group sessions, based on industry or interest
  • Private, one-on-one meetings with industry leaders
  • Networking opportunities and games
  • And, it’s FREE

Topics will range from:

  • International and North American regulatory updates
  • PHMSA work session for operations, investigations and looking forward
  • The FBI, Homeland Security and Dangerous Goods
  • Compliance vs. Competence
  • A look at China’s regulatory complexities
  • Technology in transportation
  • Cross generational training: Challenges and opportunities
  • And, of course, Lithium Battery Friday!

Put the Symposium on your calendar for Sept 9- Sept 11, 2020.

Then register to attend at: www.labelmaster.com/symposium Thank you Labelmaster for turning lemons into lemonade!!!

Hazardous Waste Container Regulations and COVID-19

May 20th, 2020 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

When transporting any hazardous materials or hazardous waste, it is important to know your materials, their characteristics and what containers are designed and approved for those materials. Infectious substances and materials always face very stringent packaging and transportation regulations, and, given the current challenge facing our world population with COVID-19, it is no wonder that healthcare organizations and transportation professionals are exercising caution and continuously checking in on the latest guidance for COVID-19 waste disposal.

For weeks now, red bags of medical waste laden with coronavirus-tained materials have been flowing from hospitals treating affected patients. But, according to current information on the organization’s website, the CDC reassures us that “medical waste (trash) coming from healthcare facilities treating COVID19 patients is no different than waste coming from facilities without COVID-19 patients. […] There is no evidence to suggest that facility waste needs any additional disinfection.”

While routine procedures seem to be fine for the trash coming from these facilities, what about other COVID-19 tainted materials such as specimens, cultures and isolates that need to be transported? To provide guidance in that area, PHMSA has developed a COVID-19 Quick Reference page.

Furthermore, one can consult The Department of Transportation (DOT). Responsible for the regulation of packaging and transport of materials under Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), and determinations made under the HMR in the context of transportation (such as the classification of wastes as ‘Infectious Substances’ or ‘Regulated MEdical Waste’), the DOT is continuously reviewing and updating their recommendations per the CDC.  Of note, the CDC and OSHA do not consider the COVID-19 virus a DOT Category A Infectious Substance.

The classification of wastes as Infectious Substances or Regulated Medical Waste can be found under Title 49 of the Code of Federal regulations section 173.134 Class 6, Division 6.2. Regulations specific to steel drums, such as the steel hazardous waste containers manufactured by Skolnik, are in chapter 178.601.

As the current situation with COVID-19 unfolds and the response efforts progress, so too may the regulations surrounding the packaging and transportation of potentially tainted materials. Please defer to current CDC and WHO recommendations and consider asking a dangerous goods consultant if you have further questions.

Wine Consumption Has Increased During Lockdown

May 19th, 2020 by Jon Stein

Filed under: Skolnik Newsletter, Wine

In a press release published in the latest “Wine Industry Advisor” it was reported that: “America’s 77 million regular wine drinkers upped their frequency of wine consumption during the pandemic lockdown, despite the closure of many on-premise establishments.”

The release goes on to say: “The new Wine Intelligence US COVID-19 Impact Report polled a nationally representative sample of 2,000 monthly US wine drinkers during March and April 2020 to understand how their wine drinking behavior was changing as a result of the restrictions due to the coronavirus. The findings paint a picture of a nation finding new occasions for wine drinking – at lunchtime, or catching up with friends online, or replacing the trip to the restaurant with a more indulgent evening meal.”

The growing volume of wine purchased was tempered by a small decline in the average price per bottle paid overall, according to the research. However, within this average were significant variations by consumer type. More involved and committed wine drinkers, who mainly spend between $15 and $20 per bottle normally, tended to spend a bit more than usual, while less frequent wine drinkers tended to spend a bit less.

The Wine Intelligence report shows that: “There was a significant growth in online shopping across all age groups, with the most likely users of online channels being younger, urban, affluent consumers. While the majority of respondents said the origin of wine they bought during this period stayed the same, there was a notable shift in purchase preferences towards domestic wines and away from imports. Some 18% of respondents reported buying more wine from California and other US regions during this time, while 20% said they were buying less wine from France, Italy and Spain. Additionally, US wine drinkers increased their trust in California wines. Looking to the future, US wine drinkers on the whole expressed caution about going out to bars and restaurants immediately after lockdown restrictions were ended – around 40% said they would be less likely to visit a restaurant, while 27% said they would be more likely.”

Commenting on the report, Wine Intelligence CEO Lulie Halstead said: “Our data supports other evidence that shows that US wine drinking is holding up, and that sales will continue to be solid once lockdown ends. In fact, there are clear opportunities with certain consumer segments right now and also in the medium term as we move to post-lockdown behavior. Looking ahead, the US wine drinker is understandably quite cautious about their household finances and the idea of getting on a plane. Thankfully for the wine category, their intention seems to be replacing big treats like vacations and big events with small treats like a nicer bottle of wine.”

Here at Skolnik Industries, our stainless steel wine barrels are more popular than ever. Note that 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.

Safe Packaging and Transportation of COVID-19 Materials

May 12th, 2020 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Industry News, Safety, Skolnik Newsletter

Infectious substances, such as certain COVID-19 tainted materials, can pose a risk to health, safety, and property if packaged and transported incorrectly. When transporting such materials, it is extremely important to consult PHMSA’s Hazardous Materials Regulations to help minimize risk and exposure.

To assist medical facilities, clinical laboratories, and hazardous waste carriers in their efforts to move COVID-19 specimens, cultures, isolates, and medical wastes, PHMSA developed a COVID-19 Quick Reference page that provides guidance on how to package and transport these materials safely.

See PHMSA’s Guidance on Transporting COVID-19 Infectious Substances for more information.