ISDI: Precautions For Steel Drum Storage, Transportation And Use
The correct storage and transportation of steel drums can help maintain the safety of employees, improve the transportation state and reduce quality problems.
The transportation and hazardous materials safety agency (PHMSA) tracks transportation accidents of all packaging types, and PHMSA and other agencies use the information collected in the report to reduce risks, analyze gaps and improve safety.
An analysis of recent incident reports shows that the correct handling of steel drums could have prevented many incidents. In fact, the damage of forklift, falling of steel drum, insufficient gasket and support and human error have always been the main causes of packaging and transportation accidents.
Each year, steel drums weighing 400 to 600 pounds are filled to transport a range of hazardous and non hazardous materials around the world. All successful deliveries often have one thing in common - trained staff implement proven best practices and handle steel drums effectively. When handling this package, following appropriate procedures can change the occurrence of an accident into an ordinary and safe working process.
When loading and unloading goods, proper attention is required to move the steel drum on the pallet. The steel drum is transported on the pallet with a forklift instead of rolling by hand, so as to avoid personal injury and damage to the steel drum. When using a forklift, care must be taken to avoid accidental puncture of the steel drum and leakage of its contents. The quality of the pallet is also important to prevent the drum from piercing or moving during transportation. Before use, ensure that there are no protruding sharp objects, such as nails, on the tray.
Once installed on the trailer, proper padding and support are essential to prevent movement and damage during transportation. Eliminating movement in containers or trucks will help ensure that drums arrive in their previous condition.
The sealing of the drum is essential to avoid leakage and damage to the drum. By carefully sealing and inspecting the steel drum and following the manufacturer's instructions for the use of the transport department closer, employees can prevent unnecessary cargo spillage and leakage.
Short comments: The use of appropriate equipment by trained employees is the key to the safe handling of steel drums. As with any workflow, it is recommended that procedures be reviewed and tested by your own internal safety committee before use or adoption.
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