A Salvage Drum is an outer container used to store otherwise damaged, leaking or non-compliant drums and prevents any hazardous materials from damage. A damaged or leaking drum can prove detrimental to both the environment and finances. According to the 49 CFR 173.3 (1)(c)(7) “ the drum must be a UN 1A2, 1B2, 1N2 or 1H2 tested and marked for Packing Group III or higher performance standards for liquids or solids and a leakproofness test of 20 kPa (3 psig).” This means that every Salvage Drum has gone through a series of severe testing and earned the proper UN ratings. One important rating is the ‘T’ rating. This is achieved by filling the drum with water and dropping it from a designated height onto a critical spot. Should the drum show no sign of leaking or serious damage it is awarded the ‘T’ rating and can safely be used in overpacking. This test must occur once every year, but with Skolnik Industries’ ability to test in house, drums can be tested as per the customer’s requests.
An 85 gallon open head salvage drum is the most commonly used size, but the containers come is various capacities; it is important to know which size container will be needed in case of an incident. For example, the 85 gallon Salvage Drum is used to overpack a 55 gallon drum, and a 55 gallon will overpack a 30 gallon drum. Certified Salvage drums can be used for either solid or liquid due to the absorbent material placed inside. This material allows a salvage drum to hold damaged or leaking drums containing liquids; the contents should never come into contact with the interior of the Salvage Drum. If a Salvage Drum does not have the proper amount of absorbent material it risks the integrity of the drum and should not be used in overpacking. Remember safety is always the number one concern.
When an unfortunate incident occurs it is important for any hazardous materials to be dealt with quickly and efficiently. The proper size salvage drum can give transporters peace of mind that leaking or damaged containers will arrive safely to their destination. Always make sure any Salvage Drums meet UN requirements and that the people handling the containers know the proper closure procedures (this can be found online-hyperlink-). The proper Salvage Drum can make all the difference when it comes to reducing risk during transport and storage of materials.