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Tips on Handling Full Steel Drums

Proper handling of full steel drums can help maintain employee safety and improve transport.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Agency (PHMSA) tracks transportation incidents for all packaging types. The information collected on the report is used by PHMSA and other agencies to mitigate risk, analyze gaps and enhance safety.

An analysis of recent incident reports show that proper handling of containers could have prevented many events. In fact, damage from forklifts, dropping a package, inadequate blocking and bracing and human error consistently rank as some of the top reasons for transportation incidents with packaging.

Each year steel drums, weighing 400 to 600 pounds when filled, transport a range of hazardous and non-hazardous materials around the world. All successful deliveries typically have one thing in common – well-trained employees implementing well-established best practices and efficiently handling steel drums. Following proper procedures when handling this packaging can be the difference between an average afternoon and an incident.

When it comes to loading or unloading, moving drums on pallets requires proper attention. Using forklifts to move steel drums on pallets rather than rolling drums by hand helps to avoid personal injury and drum damage. Care must be taken when using forklifts to avoid accidental puncture of the drum and release of its contents. Pallet quality is also important to prevent drum punctures or shifting during transport. Prior to use, one should ensure pallets do not have sharp objects protruding, such as nails.

Once loaded onto a trailer, proper blocking and bracing of the drums is critical to prevent shifting and damage during transit. Eliminating movement within the container or truck will help ensure drums arrive in their pre-shipping condition. Advice on proper blocking and bracing is available from the Institute of Packaging by clicking this link.

The closure of a container is vital to avoiding spills and damage to steel drums. By carefully sealing and checking a drum and following Department of Transportation closure instructions provided by the manufacturer, employees can prevent unnecessary spills and leakage.

The use of proper equipment by trained employees is the key to safely handling steel drums. As with any work process, it is recommended that procedures are reviewed and vetted by your own internal safety committee prior to use or adoption.

TRANSCAER® Welcomes the Industrial Steel Drum Institute as a New Sponsor

The Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI) is pleased to be the newest sponsor of the TRANSCAER®, a voluntary national outreach effort that educates and assists first responders in communities near transportation routes on how to prepare for and respond to a possible hazardous material transportation incident.

“On behalf of the entire National TRANSCAER® Task Group, I am thrilled to welcome Kyle Stavig, Sue Nauman and the members of ISDI,” said Keith Silverman, chairman of the National TRANSCAER® Task Group and vice president global operations, quality and EHS at Ashland. “ISDI represents the first industrial packaging organization to become a sponsor, and I know our first responders will benefit from the experience and expertise that they will bring to the table.”

ISDI represents the manufacturers who produce more than 26 million 55-gallon steel drums each year in the United States. These drums provide the safe transport of a variety of products, ranging from high-hazard chemical and petroleum products to food additives and concentrates. Suppliers of materials and components to the industry serve as Associate Members of the institute.

“We’re delighted to connect with an organization like TRANSCAER®, which does a wonderful job of providing training and support for the first responder community,” said Stavig, chairman of ISDI and CEO of Myers Container LLC and General Steel Drum LLC. “We look forward to sharing information about steel drums that will help first responders do their jobs with greater safety.”

ISDI’s mission is to promote the common interests of its members through government relations, technical research, education and information exchange, media relations, and generic marketing programs.

ISDI represents the industry before federal agencies and the U.S. Congress, acts as liaison with other industry groups and individual corporations, and plays an active role with international organizations, including the U.N. Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.

Other national TRANSCAER® sponsors include: American Chemistry Council, API, Association of American Railroads, CHEMTREC®, Renewable Fuels Association, The Chlorine Institute and The Fertilizer Institute.


ZXP Technologies LTD. today announced that on February 16, 2018, it entered an agreement to sell substantially all of the assets of the ZXP business, including the equity of ZXP Logistics LLC, a Texas limited liability company, to ZXP Technologies LLC, a Delaware limited liability company.

The buyer is a newly formed company that will be owned by Houston private equity group Milton Street Capital LLC and members of the ZXP management team. The ZXP business will continue to operate in the same location, with the same management team and employees, executing the current business model.

ZXP Technologies is a Houston based manufacturer specializing in blending and packaging, and distributing automotive, industrial, and commercial lubricants and specialty chemicals to a variety of customers including major and independent oil and chemical companies. Located 15 miles east of downtown Houston, ZXP and its predecessors have been operating on this site for over 45 years. For additional information, please visit

Milton Street is a Houston-based private equity firm focused on acquiring lower middle market industrial companies. Milton Street currently owns one other portfolio company, Meisler Trailer Rentals. For additional information, please visit

Steel Drums: An Economic Indicator?

The 55-gallon steel drum, long considered the workhorse of the chemical industry is still the most widely used industrial package for the transport of many types of hazardous and non-hazardous goods.

Today, global steel drum production tops 220 million1 units per year, equating to approximately 600,000 drums per day! Laid end-to-end, that's enough to circle the earth more than 4.5 times!

Since the invention of the steel drum in 1905, the industry has had a powerful effect on global and regional economies and has been shown to offer a good indication of economic trends both in the United States and abroad.

Prior to World War II2, the steel used to make drums was primarily produced in the United States, Europe and Japan. Over the past 20 years, steel production has shifted away from developed markets and into emerging markets such as India, Russia and China. Similarly, user markets in those regions are growing and changing. Between 2000 and 2010, global chemical output in emerging economies grew 84 percent. This expansion was led by China, which accounted for 65 percent of the increase.3

While chemical production was shifting, the sites where crude oil was produced also began to shift. In 1980, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia were the primary producers. By 1997, production had expanded in Russia and China. Expansion spread to South America by 2016 as well.4 Meanwhile, global demand for paint and coatings has also increased in the Asia Pacific region, reflecting the growth of the emerging economies in that area.5 These shifts in user markets have had an enormous impact on the production of steel of drums around the world. 

Upon closer examination of the relationship between steel drum production and GDP, a significant trend appears in the United States. Steel drum production correlates closely to changes in GDP and Industrial Production data. The data was compared to industrial production as it more accurately reflects the markets that use steel drums.6

Taking a deeper dive, the total numbers of drums sold in each region also differs and reflects the growth of emerging economies in the Asia Pacific region. In the United States, total production of steel drums was 26,788,449 units.7 As a contrast, the total drums produced in the AOSD regions was 110 million units.8

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