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Salvage Drums: Choose the Strength of Steel

January 20th, 2020 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

Salvage drums are containers designed and certified to hold other damaged, leaking or non-compliant containers. Because the transportation of any leaking materials, but especially hazardous goods, can be dangerous, salvage drums are heavily regulated by the Department of Transportation. These regulations don’t dictate that the drums must be made of steel, in fact, certified salvage drums can be made of polyethylene, aluminum or other metals as well. But we at Skolnik recommend steel salvage drums over other materials – and not just because we make them that way. 

Steel is stronger. And because salvage drums are designed to carry and protect damaged or leaking containers, why wouldn’t you want the strongest container possible?

What’s more? Skolnik’s steel salvage drums are built to surpass the industry standards and UN performance requirements.

The UN dictates that, at minimum, a salvage drum must pass the standard requirements for shipping solids plus a 3 psi air leakproof test. Skolnik salvage drums are built thicker and stronger.

Our steel salvage drums are constructed of high quality carbon steel and are rigorously tested to ensure UN and DOT compliance. Our 85 gallon salvage drums are even T-rated, meaning they have passed the UN ‘T’ test allowing it to hold liquid or solid materials. This test and rating were created to give shippers the confidence that their damaged drum will be securely contained, even if it is holding liquid.

Federal law doesn’t require shippers to use steel salvage drums. However, when considering the safety of the environment and population, steel provides a peace of mind that other materials cannot. 

The fines for non-compliance are high, but the potential cost of safety or damage to the environment should be enough to deter a business from skimping on the safe containment and transport of dangerous goods.

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