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PDI Publishes Two Infographics Detailing the Advantages of Plastic Drums

The Plastic Drum Institute (PDI) has unveiled a pair of infographics that highlight the advantages of using plastic polyethylene drums for the shipment and storage of materials. The two single-page illustrations lay out the reasons to choose plastic drums and tell the sustainability story of plastic drums.

“These printable graphics illustrate the advantages of choosing plastic drums for all your shipping and storing needs,” said Larry Anderson, chairman of PDI. “They are great visual tools that share, in an easily digestible way, why plastic drums are safe, sustainable and affordable. They help make clear that plastic drums are the preferred packaging choice.”

In the United States, more than 18 million plastic drums were sold in 2016. These versatile containers have been a trusted packaging choice for more than 50 years.

The files are available for sharing and printing for all those interested in plastic drums. To download a copy, visit and

RIBCA Releases Q&A on Composite Intermediate Bulk Containers

SEVERNA PARK, Md. (July 20, 2017) – The Rigid Intermediate Bulk Container Association of North American (RIBCA) today published a guide that answers the most common questions about composite intermediate bulk containers (IBCs). The newly released document will assist all those in the industry with questions about how to safely transport liquids, viscous products or hazardous materials in IBCs.

“With this new guide, RIBCA aims to share information about IBCs to improve packaging safety,” said Peter Brunn, chairman of RIBCA. “It is designed to help manufacturers and shippers ensure they are shipping, transporting and storing their products securely."

In particular, the guide addresses packaging liquid hazardous materials as well as other liquid products. It presents key information about how to determine the proper type of IBC to use, and what the required United Nations and U.S. Department of Transportation markings on an IBC signify. The guide also provides information on filling procedures, proper procedures for closing and for handling this type of packaging.

The document is available on RIBCA’s website for members and all those using IBCs at

IoPP partners with PACK EXPO Las Vegas and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) will again join PACK EXPO producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, as a partner of PACK EXPO Las Vegas and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO. The ongoing partnership between IoPP and PMMI allows members of both organizations to benefit from each other’s expertise.

“IoPP is thrilled to partner once again with PMMI in support of PACK EXPO and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, which have provided so much value to our members who have attended over the years,” says Jim George, IoPP Director of Education. “We share the same important goal of educating packaging professionals and helping them advance their careers.”

PACK EXPO Las Vegas and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO will take place September 25-27, 2017 at Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to supporting packaging professionals on-site, IoPP will display the winning packages from its 2017 AmeriStar Award competition in the Showcase of Packaging Innovations®, sponsored by the Dow Chemical Company, at PACK EXPO Las Vegas.

“The Association Partner Pavilions at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO, bring together leading industry associations with decision makers from the world’s top CPG companies, retailers and pharmaceutical, medical device and nutraceutical manufacturers. The expertise and industry knowledge provided by partner associations on-site offer an invaluable resource to attendees,” says Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO of PACK EXPO producer PMMI.

Visit IoPP at Booth C-1347 at PACK EXPO Las Vegas to learn how IoPP’s educational programs can help advance your career. IoPP can also help your company build an online or in-person training program appropriate for its employees. Stop by and find out how IoPP can assist you in strengthening the effectiveness and efficiency of your company’s packaging operations.

ISDI Presents Lifetime Membership Award to Leonard Berenfield

SEVERNA PARK, MD. (June 9, 2017) – The Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI) recently honored longtime member Leonard Berenfield with the organization’s Lifetime Membership Award. The ISDI Lifetime Membership Award is given to long‐time members of the steel drum industry in recognition of their service and dedication to the organization and the industry. It was presented to Berenfield during the Opening Plenary of the Industrial Packaging Alliance of North America’s Spring Conference in early May in Greensboro, N.C.

“Len is a pillar in our industry, and I am honored to formally recognize his many accomplishments,” said Kyle Stavig, chair of ISDI. “For four generations, the Berenfield family has shown great dedication to the steel drum business. Their lasting contributions will long be held up as examples of how to seek out new opportunities and create innovative solutions that drive our industry forward.”

Berenfield Containers was founded as the Berenfield Barrel Company in 1914 by Harry Berenfield. It remained in the Berenfield family until its sale in 2016. Over the years, the company grew, expanding to six plants in four states. From the start, the Berenfield family played an active role in the industry. They became early members of the National Barrel & Drum Association, now known as the Reusable Industrial Packing Association (RIPA), as well as members of the Steel Shipping Container Institute (SSCI), now known as ISDI.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for my company’s work, and my family’s commitment to our industry,” said Mr. Berenfield, former president of Berenfield Containers. “My family has always strived to grow and modernize, and it’s humbling to see the impact our work had on others.”

Mr. Berenfield served in various roles on the boards of SSCI and ISDI, and as SSCI’s Board Chairman from 2005 to 2007. He is now enjoying his retirement with his family, splitting time between Ohio and Florida.

About the Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI)
ISDI, formerly known as the Steel Shipping Container Institute, 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. 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. For more information, visit

Mauser, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice’s Global Packaging Portfolio Company, to be sold to Stone Canyon Industries in $2.3 Billion Transaction

LONDON/ NEW YORK – Feb. 7, 2017 – Clayton, Dubilier & Rice announced today that it has agreed to sell Mauser Group N.V., a leading global supplier of industrial rigid packaging products and reconditioning services, to Stone Canyon Industries, LLC (“SCI”). SCI, through its subsidiary BWAY Corp., is the leading North American manufacturer of rigid metal and plastic containers.

The all-cash transaction is valued at $2.3 billion.

“Mauser is an exceptionally well-positioned business that has delivered strong and consistent performance under our ownership,” said CD&R Partner David Novak. “We believe that this transaction will benefit the market position and long-term growth prospects for both companies and prove to be rewarding for their employees and valued customers.”

Under CD&R’s ownership, Mauser achieved a number of important operational milestones, resulting in 9% per annum revenue growth and 15% per annum EBITDA growth. With 4,500 employees Mauser operates more than 100 manufacturing facilities in 88 strategic locations across 18 countries in Europe, North America, South America and Asia, serving more than 12,500 customers.

“We are proud of our association with the talented Mauser management team led by CEO Peter Schaefer,” said CD&R Partner Sonja Terraneo. “Working closely together, we not only drove operational excellence, but also pursued valuable new growth avenues and service offerings. CD&R remains strongly committed to investing in and supporting the growth of leading German-headquartered businesses.”

“Mauser has focused on driving strong, sustained revenues in attractive market segments with high growth potential,” said CD&R Operating Partner Vindi Banga, Chairman of Mauser. “In particular, the reconditioning services segment has enabled the company to provide ecological, economical, and socially responsible solutions to help customers both reduce costs and meet critically important sustainability requirements.”

“With today’s announcement, Mauser has achieved a new milestone which represents a strong validation of our growth strategy and opportunity to build additional value for employees and customers alike,” said Peter Schaefer, CEO of Mauser Group. “Together with BWAY, we will have a unique opportunity to continue our strong growth momentum.”

Ken Roessler, BWAY’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We welcome all of the Mauser employees to the SCI family. We look forward to working with Peter Schaefer and the Mauser management team in bringing together two great companies in the packaging and container industry. In addition to sales growth, this acquisition expands our product offering with innovative new products which further support the Company’s position as the premier supplier for rigid general line packaging.”

Bank of America Merrill Lynch acted as lead financial advisor, Citigroup acted as financial advisor, and Latham & Watkins LLP provided legal counsel to CD&R. Goldman Sachs acted as financial advisor and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP provided legal counsel to SCI.

About Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
With offices in London and New York, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is a private investment firm with an investment strategy predicated on producing financial returns through building stronger, more profitable businesses. Since 1978, CD&R has managed the investment of $23 billion in 72 businesses, representing a broad range of industries with an aggregate transaction value of more than $100 billion. In addition to Mauser, the Firm’s current European portfolio includes six companies from across its four core industry sectors, consumer/retail, healthcare, industrial and services.

2016 Fall Meeting Golf Tournament Champs!

Congratulations to the winning team of the 2016 Fall Meeting Golf Tournament in Santa Fe in August.

From left to right: Peter Godins, Matt Miller, Ed Stakem and Tom Valentine

ISDI Chairman Urges International Cooperation To Support Steel Drum Industry

SEVERNA PARK, Md. (Dec. 7, 2016) –At the Asia-Oceanic Steel Drum (AOSD) Manufacturer’s conference last week in Mumbai, India, Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI) Chairman Kyle Stavig called for a coordinated, concerted international effort to protect and enhance the interest of the steel drum industry in the industrial packaging market.

In a special report to more than 200 attendees from 19 countries, Stavig highlighted ISDI’s work in strengthening communication in the North American industry since 2013. Stavig also presented on the state of the North American steel drum industry, including an update on the latest manufacturing statistics in North America.

“Defining how we, as a global industry, market and talk about our products is critical,” Stavig said. “Global customers hear different messages about steel drums in different regions. This puts steel drums at a disadvantage when it comes to protecting and growing our collective market share.”

The AOSD conference is a gathering of international steel drum manufacturers held once every three years. Attendees of the 2016 conference represented the production of more than 150 million steel drums annually. Stavig had the honor of representing North American manufacturers.

“Presenting at this esteemed conference is a badge of honor for the American steel drum industry, and ISDI’s presentations were very well received,” said Kyle Stavig, chairman of ISDI. “This conference is a leading indicator on steel drums globally, and it was encouraging to see that technology developed by Nelly Bly in 1904 remains the empire building industrial packaging for the world.”

For copies of Mr. Stavig’s presentations, or for more information on the AOSD conference, contact Susan Nauman at

PackSafe Seeks OSHA Action on Outdated Workplace Safety Rule

Petition to Update Existing Regulation Builds on Support from Congress and Fire Safety Groups

ELVERSON, Pa. (December 6, 2016) –The Industrial Packaging Safety Alliance (PackSafe) has filed a petition with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requesting that the agency conduct a rulemaking to update an almost 50-year-old rule relating to the safe handling and warehousing of hazardous and non-hazardous materials. The rule in question relates to the use and storage of flammable and combustible liquids in large volume industrial packaging.

PackSafe is a coalition of producers of industrial packaging, their component and raw materials suppliers, as well as customers and manufacturers sharing concerns about the workplace and public safety risks from a rule that has not kept pace over the decades with evolving packaging technology and the development and growth of a broad range of liquid products.

“The OSHA regulation in question incorporates by reference a standard in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 30, a flammable and combustible liquids code, dating to the agency’s origins in 1969,” noted John McQuaid, senior advisor to PackSafe. “Since its adoption, the NFPA has updated Code 30 15 times to provide for improved workplace and public safety related to flammable and combustible products, and OSHA has not kept pace.”

“PackSafe’s request,” McQuaid continued, “does not involve creating new regulation, a request that likely would not be well-received in the post-election environment. Rather, our request to update the reference in OSHA’s regulations to the most current version of NFPA 30 is a long overdue, common sense fix to a dangerously outdated standard.”

PackSafe’s initiative has drawn support from a broad range of interests, including the co-chairs of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, a bi-cameral, bipartisan group of legislators. In an October 12 letter to Thomas Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor, under whose jurisdiction OSHA operates, Caucus leaders noted, “Fires involving flammable and combustible liquids are a major risk to lives, safety, property, and the environment. According to a 2014 National Fire Protection Association report, during the period from 2007-2011, U.S. municipal fire departments responded to an estimated average of 51,600 fires per year starting with ignition of a flammable gas and another 160,910 fires per year starting with ignition of a flammable or combustible liquid.”

“These fires,” the Caucus leaders continued, “resulted in more than 500 civilian deaths and upwards of $1.5 billion in property damage. Losses such as these could be prevented with updated standards for handling the flammable and combustible liquids that start these fires.”

The Caucus leaders urged OSHA to update its outdated regulation so that it incorporates the most recent edition of NFPA 30 so that the lives of first responders, workers and the public are not further jeopardized due to an outdated workplace safety standard.

Other supporters of updating this existing regulation include the International Association of Fire Fighters and the National Volunteer Fire Council, who earlier in 2016 sent Secretary Perez a joint letter urging OSHA to take action.

For a copy of the filed petition, email

About the Industrial Packaging Safety Alliance (PackSafe)
PackSafe is a coalition of interested parties who support the safe use of industrial packaging to transport and warehouse hazardous and non-hazardous materials. We seek to make industrial packaging safer by advocating for regulatory clarity and consistency, and raising awareness about the importance of selecting the right package for the right product. For more information, visit

ISDI Offers New Resources on Fusible Plugs

SEVERNA PARK, Md. (Nov. 30, 2016) –Today, the Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI) unveiled two new resources that discuss the importance of using fusible plugs with steel drums. The single-page infographic and 45-second animation offer a simple explanation on fusible plugs, including why and how to use them.

“Fusible plugs are one of the most important innovations in the steel drum industry, since the invention of the drum itself,” said Kyle R. Stavig, chairman of ISDI and CEO of Myers Container LLC and General Steel Drum LLC. “By simply switching a steel plug for one made of plastic or nylon when shipping and warehousing flammable and combustible materials, the safety and security of a steel drum – already one of the safest containers – is increased dramatically.”

Fusible plugs are drum closures, similar to standard steel plugs, but made of impact-resistant nylon, polyethylene or propylene resin. When equipped with fusible plugs and paired with an adequately designed foam-water sprinkler system, steel drums are the safest containers available in today’s market for flammable and combustible materials. It is important to note that steel drums equipped with fusible plugs remain compliant with U.S. Department of Transportation and United Nations requirements for the shipment of hazardous materials. When using fusible plugs, steel drums also continue to carry the appropriate marking for single, non-composite packaging.

“It’s vital that manufacturers and suppliers worldwide understand the need for and uses of fusible plugs,” said Susan Nauman, executive director of ISDI. “That’s why we felt it was critical to share this information in the simple, easy-to-understand formats offered by the animation and infographic."

The files are available for sharing and printing for all those interested in steel drums. To view and share the video, and to download a copy of the infographic, visit

Recycled Plastic Comes of Age in the Manufacture of Drums for Hazmat

SEVERNA PARK, Md. (Nov. 17, 2016) – Since June of 2011 over 4 million recycled content plastic drums have been manufactured and certified for transport of hazardous materials. Plastic Drum Institute (PDI) members have consistently demonstrated the safety and reliability of drums manufactured from recycled resins. Because of the plastic drum industry’s excellent track record on manufacturing drums from recycled resins, PDI members were recently issued approvals by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHSMA) requiring a retest frequency on par with that for plastic drums made from virgin resin.

PDI members first began studying the use of recycled resins in the manufacture of hazmat packagings in 1982. They approached DOT with the idea of using recycled resins in the mid-1990s and were first issued approvals in 1997. When the initial approvals were issued by DOT, everyone agreed that it was prudent to take a cautious approach through additional safeguards going well beyond those required for drums made of virgin resins. The idea was that as the safety and reliability of the practice of using recycled resins was proven, less stringent controls could be required.

Recycled resins come from the grinding down of previously used plastic hazmat packagings. For quality control purposes, only plastic packagings having contained certain specified hazmat may be used. In addition, the quality of recycled resins used is ensured through close control of resin properties through melt flow index and density testing of resin samples. Under DOT approval, recycled content resins are used to produce UN1H1 and UN1H2 plastic drums at the Packing Group II and Packing Group III performance levels. Under the originally issued approvals, drums were subjected to periodic retesting using UN performance tests almost daily. Over time, as experience was gained, the testing frequency for resin properties was adjusted and the required periodic retesting frequency was reduced. PDI manufacturers believe that testing of recycled resin properties at the current level is essential to producing a quality product; but PDI on behalf of its members had asked PHMSA to reduce the frequency of periodic testing to the same frequency as required for new UN drums made of virgin resins.

In working with PHMSA, PDI members presented data indicating the production of more than four million UN 1H1 and 1H2 drums made from recycled resins between June 1, 2011 and August 31, 2015. During that same period, members conducted 2,393 melt flow tests and 2,393 density tests on approximately 80 million pounds of recycled plastic materials demonstrating consistent compliance with resin specifications established by PHMSA. Retesting in accordance with UN tests was done every 30 days and demonstrated that the drums consistently performed the same as drums of virgin resins. During this period, recycled content plastic drums were successfully used in the transport of hazardous materials with no known reported incidents. In response to PDI requests, PHMSA issued new approvals establishing a retest frequency for recycled plastic drums that coincides with that for drums made of virgin resins, once every 12 months.

“The rigorous testing data provided by our members played a key role in PHSMA’s decision to extend the period between tests,” said Jerry Geyer, chair of PDI and product management and development director at Greif. “Proper qualification and testing of material is important to successfully produce UN1H1 and UN1H2 plastic drums. However, as our experience with both virgin and recycled content resin demonstrates, these materials sturdily and consistently hold up to all the required tests so that we believed less testing of completed drums was well justified.”

The combined effects from years of PDI member experience, careful control of recycled resin quality, extensive testing and use of packagings in the hazmat transportation environment, has validated the use of recycled plastic resins in the manufacture of hazmat packagings ensuring a level of performance consistent with that of drums made from virgin resins.

Contact Packaging Association Continues Partnership with IPACK-IMA

Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. - The Contact Packaging Association announces a continued partnership with IPACK-IMA, one of the largest global exhibitions for processing, packaging, converting and logistics.

CPA began working with IPACK-IMA at the Pack Expo International in 2014. In 2015, CPA sent a delegation to the IPACK-IMA exhibition to investigate synergies and opportunities for both organizations to expand their global exposure. CPA plans to attend the next exhibition - hosted every three years in Milan, Italy – taking place May 29 through June 1, 2018.

“These strategic opportunities [like working with IPAK-IMA] allow Italian manufacturers to tap into the entrepreneurial drive of CPA members with the joint vision of global synergy,” CPA Executive Director John Mazelin said.

According to CPA Member Communications Director Nikki Johnson, this partnership provides a tactical opportunity to supply resources on a scalable range, from local entry to nationwide coverage.

“The Contract Packaging Association represents an increasingly important sector in the packaging industry. We are especially pleased with the partnership of this American association to be continued on the occasion of IPACK-IMA 2018, a strategic platform for their members for high-level technological update and new business development,” said Ipack Ima srl President Riccardo Cavanna.

CPA is the national, not-for-profit trade organization for the contract packaging industry. CPA was formed in July 1992, for contract packaging firms and those businesses related to them in order to promote the growth and welfare of member firms.

Members are comprised of the nation’s leading contract packagers as well as suppliers to the industry, performing all packaging functions: from the glamorous to the hazardous and the simplest to the most complex. CPA members offer these packaging services to an extremely wide variety of consumer goods companies and brand owners.

For more information about CPA, visit

April 26, 2016
LeAnne Munoz
Marketing Communications Manager
Contract Packaging Association
(847) 686-2332

Industrial Packaging Safety Alliance Urges OSHA to Initiate Rulemaking

ELVERSON, Pa. (February 12, 2016) – The Industrial Packaging Safety Alliance (PackSafe) continues to urge the Occupational and Health Administration (OSHA) to evaluate and correct its references to inadequate and out-of-date guidelines involving workplace regulations on ignitable liquids.

In response to a call for public comments on a draft OSHA document titled, “Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines,” PackSafe Senior Advisor John McQuaid submitted a letter reiterating concerns related to the transportation and warehousing of both hazardous and non-hazardous materials. Specifically, the letter sought to persuade OSHA to bring their regulations in-line with the current National Fire Protection Association code (NFPA 30) that provides safeguards to reduce the hazards associated with the storage, handling and use of flammable and combustible liquids.

“A considerable public and worker safety issue exists where these regulations concern the safe transportation and warehousing of flammable and combustible liquids,” said McQuaid. “Even though OSHA is unwilling to take action does not mean the issue will go away. PackSafe’s supporters will continue to call for action until this issue is again placed on OSHA’s regulatory agenda, and is carefully and thoroughly evaluated by that agency.”

Previously, PackSafe sent a letter to Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of OSHA, in June 2015 urging agency action surrounding the transportation and warehousing of both hazardous and non-hazardous materials.

In July 2015, OSHA’s director of standards and guidance, Mr. William G. Perry, replied via a letter that, “a rulemaking to update § 1910.106…would be a far more complex undertaking,” citing technical and economic challenges that would be difficult to overcome. Mr. Perry also noted that, between 1996 and 2001, a comprehensive update to 29 C.F.R. § 1910.106 had been listed on the Department of Labor’s Unified Regulatory Agenda, but subsequently was removed due to resource constraints. The letter concluded that OSHA does not have plans to revise this provision.

Copies of PackSafe’s letter and public comment, and OSHA’s response, are available at

About the Industrial Packaging Safety Alliance (PackSafe)
PackSafe is a coalition of interested parties who support the safe use of industrial packaging to transport and warehouse hazardous and non-hazardous materials. We seek to make industrial packaging safer by advocating for regulatory clarity and consistency, and raising awareness about the importance of selecting the right package for the right product. For more information, visit

Lee Container

HOMERVILLE, GA. – January 27, 2016 – Lee Container Corporation today officially introduces a new company logo, accompanied by a new website. This logo and the tagline “Our Containers. Your Success.” represent our commitment to serving our customers nationwide by producing the highest quality containers, backed up by outstanding customer service.

Robert Varnedoe, company President, says “I am pleased to announce that we have just launched a new website to showcase our company and products. And we've refreshed our logo and tagline to reflect our continued commitment to our customers and employees, and to the communities we're proud to call home. I hope you'll take a moment to discover our new website and learn more about Lee Container and our history of working with companies large and small across the country.”

About Lee Container Corporation

Lee Container is a leading national manufacturer of blow-molded plastic containers for a variety of industries. We serve customers in many markets, including Crop Protection, Lubricants, and Industrial and Garden Chemicals. Our company has adapted its products and services to meet the specific demands of these markets and their exacting standards for packaging performance. We also supply a diverse customer base through a network of independent bottle distributors spread across the United States.

For more information about Lee Container Corporation, visit our web site at or call Robert Varnedoe or David Taylor at (800) 887-3632.

Our new corporate video can be seen on the home page of our website. It is also accessible at this link:

Alert 16-01: Update on Suspension of Provisions in FMCSA Hours of Service Regulations

ISDI Alert 14-03 outlined changes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Hours of Service (HOS) Rules, effective July 1, 2013. These changes mandated a 30-minute break per eight-hour driving shift for non-“short haul” drivers, limited drivers to only one restart in any 168-hour period, and required drivers to only include two periods of 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. work in any 34-hour restart before beginning a new 60- or 70-hour workweek. The goal of these changes was to reduce accidents, improve road safety for all and increase trucker health. Refer to Alert 14-03 for more detail.

Recent Changes
On Dec. 16, 2014, President Obama signed a massive federal spending bill that contained a rider temporarily suspending two key provisions of the FMCSA HOS Rules adopted in 2013. In addition, FMCSA was required to carry out a study to determine the operational, safety, health and fatigue effects of the rest and restart provisions of the HOS requirements. 

On Dec. 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law a fiscal 2016 funding bill that added requirements to the ongoing review of the HOS restart rule. These new requirements guarantee the two provisions in the FMCSA HOS Rules will be continue to be suspended for much of 2016. The restrictions requiring two rest periods between 1:00 and 5:00 a.m. and limiting the use of a restart to once per 168 hours remain suspended, while all other provisions of the HOS Rules remain in effect.

FMCSA continues to evaluate the impact of these suspended rules, and will be required to provide Congress with as assessment on how the restart rule provides improvement “in all outcomes related to safety, operator fatigue, driver health and work schedules.”

Bill Graves, president of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) stated, “FMCSA foisted these restrictions on the industry without doing a proper investigation into how they might impact trucking safety and truck drivers’ health and longevity, so it is completely appropriate for Congress to establish a safety and health standard.”

Links for More Information

Issued 01/16
The information above is intended to provide interpretative and authoritative information as a service to our members and has been offered in good faith based on the information provided to us. We do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any such interpretation or information.

IoPP and GSK Sign eLearning Contract

January 8, 2016 (Chicago) – The Institute of Packaging Professionals and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announce the signing of an agreement in which GSK will license IoPP’s Fundamentals of Packaging Technology online course. This partnership will include a program for those who wish to become IoPP Certified Packaging Professionals.

“Thank you to the IoPP team for enabling this historic moment. We will cherish this partnership for years to come as we strengthen and expand our packaging team’s core knowledge and capabilities,” says Sriman Banerjee, Head of Packaging Development at GSK.

GSK becomes the latest organization to license IoPP’s Fundamentals online course, joining companies including TricorBraun, Kraft Foods, General Mills, Clorox, Ecolab, SGS International, Berlin Packaging and more.

“IoPP is thrilled with this very significant partnership with GSK, which we anticipate will be ongoing,” says Jim George, IoPP’s Director of Education. “The training will certainly strengthen the already terrific work done by GSK’s packaging department and further enhance GSK reputation as a leading multinational consumer products company. For IoPP, the agreement builds further awareness for our globally recognized Fundamentals training program and our Certified Packaging Professional program.”

IoPP’ s Fundamentals online course catalog, at, comprises 42 prerecorded, self- directed lessons and 27 hours of learning covering all the major areas of packaging. Courses may be purchased individually or in topic bundles, and also in bulk through a corporate license. For details on corporate or group licensing options, contact Jim George, Director of Education, or (847) 686-2330.

About IoPP:
IoPP is the premier membership organization and community in North America for packaging education training and networking. The association’s 5,000 individual members are from consumer products companies in the food, beverage, health and beauty, cosmetics, household and hardware goods and other industries, as well as from companies providing packaging materials and services supporting the industry. For information, visit

About GSK:
GSK is a science-led global healthcare company with a mission to help people to do more, feel better, live longer. The vaccines, medicines and consumer healthcare products that they research and develop can improve people’s health and well-being, ultimately helping them to live life to its fullest and contribute to the prosperity of their communities. All of GSK’s employees, across 115 countries, share the same mission and help people rely on the products they make. Today GSK is working to overcome some of the biggest healthcare challenges and create change to improve people’s lives. For information, visit

Alert 15-03: Considerations when Stacking Steel Drums

Steel drums are the most widely used type of industrial packaging in the world and are manufactured with consistent strength and durability. Their standardized design and resistance to extreme temperature and humidity contribute to their overall strength and predictability when packaging various hazardous and non-hazardous materials. These properties also contribute to the excellent stacking strength of steel drums. The shippers and users of these containers have confirmed their capabilities with many years of field experience. 

There are many factors that can affect the safe storage and stacking of steel drums. The product packaged in the drum may vary in density which can result in different stack height determinations. For example, some products with a specific gravity of 1.8 are almost twice as heavy after filling than water. In order to provide the proper protection, users should take care to stack and unitize drums properly during both transportation and warehousing. 

Industry experience suggests steel drums used to contain hazardous materials can be safely stacked four-high as long as the specific gravity does not exceed 1.5. Stacking height should be restricted to three-high when the specific gravity of the lading exceeds 1.5 or when the ambient temperature is expected to exceed 30°C (86°F) for prolonged periods of time. These stacking suggestions assume proper drum handling, palletization and stacking recommendations are followed. All steel drums used for shipping and warehouse storage of hazardous materials are required to pass a stacking test in accordance with Title 49 of The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 178.606. The drums are prepared as for shipment and subjected to a top load force equivalent to a 3-meter high stack (9.842 feet). The test is conducted for 24 hours at ambient temperature. The top load weight used during testing is based on the specific gravity of the intended lading.

Following these general guidelines will help prevent leakage of the drum’s contents and ensure the safe storage of filled steel drums. Your drum supplier can assist in determining the proper stacking array.

Recommended Best Practices
Drum closures must be fully installed and tightened to the prescribed torque as specified in the drum manufacturers’ closure instructions as required in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations § 178.2(c).

Drums should be palletized on good quality pallets which provide full support and even contact for the bottom of the drum to minimize drum sag between pallet boards. Drum overhang over the edge of pallets is not recommended. Pallets should have uniform surfaces in contact with the ring on the top of the drum. The pallet should be inspected to insure the stringers are intact, nails do not protrude, no loose boards or excess space between deck boards. Do not use pallets with broken deck boards.

The recommended pallet size is 48” x 48” with 46” x 46” as a minimum to load four drums per pallet. The array of drums should not overhang the pallet. A four-way entry pallet type is recommended.  Pallet manufacturers can assist in pallet design and correct sizing.

If drums are stored directly on the floor, the storage area should be flat and in good condition. A concrete floor is preferable.

Drums should be stacked one-high per pallet with a maximum stacking height dependent on the specific gravity and other conditions.  

Select the proper steel drum for the lading being packaged; see ISDI alerts 14-06, 14-07 and 14-08 for more information. Drum manufacturers can assist with proper steel drum gauge selection based on the specific gravity and other characteristics of your lading. For solids, the allowed weight should not exceed the actual gross weight tested.

If using a hot filling method, allow the product to cool to ambient before tightening closures to recommended torque values. Do not stack the drums until the temperature has reached ambient and the closures tightened in place.

Do not store or stack drums filled drums in direct sunlight due to expansion of the lading from heating conditions. 

Special provisions must be followed to protect palletized drums filled with flammable and combustible materials. NFPA Code 30 prescribes the safety standards for storing flammable and combustible liquids. To take advantage of the steel drum’s superior safety and storage capabilities, the drums must be stored in a facility protected by a sprinkler system, palletized and equipped with pressure relieving fittings; see ISDI Alert 14-14 for further details

The following specific requirements also apply:

  • The ceiling or roof height must not exceed 33 feet.
  • For three-high, the palletized stack height of the drums must not exceed 10 feet.
  • For four-high, the palletized stack height of the drums must not exceed 13 feet, 9 inches.
  • Steel drums must be equipped with relieving style plugs in the 2-inch and ¾-inch opening.
  • The stack must be protected by a foam-water sprinkler system (also known as AFFF) capable of providing discharge density of .45 gpm/ft2 for stacks three-high and .60 gpm/ ft2 for stacks four-high.
  • The sprinkler heads should be pendant, extra-large orifice (ELO). 

Issued 10/15
The information above is intended to provide interpretative and authoritative information as a service to our members and has been offered in good faith based on the information provided to us. We do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any such interpretation or information.


Industrial Steel Drum Institute, P.O. Box 790, Severna Park, MD 21146-0790 United States

Warren Oil Steps Out and Up with the First API Licensed SAE 0W-16 Full Synthetic PCMO

”It’s All About Quality”

Dunn, North Carolina, October 6, 2015 – Warren Oil Company, Inc., one of North American’s largest independent lubricant manufacturers, is pleased to announce its LubriGold SAE 0W-16 Full Synthetic Motor Oil is the first API approved 0W-16 passenger car motor oil in the market. Expanding on its diverse portfolio of automotive engine oils, Warren’s LubriGold SAE 0W-16 Full Synthetic Motor Oil was developed to meet the needs of the growing number of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), and consumers requiring ultra-low viscosity (ULV) passenger car motor oil.

For those unfamiliar with motor oil grades, close to 52% of the passenger car motor oils currently in use are SAE 5W- 30 grade products. Second and third are 5W-20 and 10W-30, with an estimated 23 and 12%, market share, respectively. Whereas 5W-30 and 10W-30 have been the workhorse motor oils for several decades, times are changing. In today’s world, although engine durability remains the primary concerns, fuel economy and other issues are driving motor oil demand towards lower viscosity grades (e.g. 5W-20, 0W-20, 0W-16). These products are designed to offer the best of both worlds (fuel economy and engine protection).

Irvin Warren, Chief Executive Officer and President of Warren Oil, Headquartered in Dunn, NC, says, “For these reasons, we made the decision to Step Up and Out with the first API licensed SAE 0W-16 Full Synthetic Motor Oil.” Although demand for this viscosity grade is currently limited in the United States, Mr. Warren adds “The trend towards lighter viscosity motor oils that offer meaningful increases in fuel economy without compromising engine durability is clear. We anticipate increasing demand for this grade and we are pleased to announce that LubriGold SAE 0W-16 Full Synthetic Motor Oil is the first API approved 0W-16 in the US market.”

Adding to this, Chris Spell, Corporate VP of Marketing at Warren Oil says, “Warren Oil’s success in the lubricants business is, in part, based on anticipating, planning for, and developing lubricants to assure we are ahead of the curve in meeting both current and emerging market needs, at a competitive price.” For these reasons, Spell says, “We made the decision to take a leadership role with the introduction of LubriGold SAE 0W-16 Full Synthetic Motor Oil.” In addition to LubriGold SAE 0W-16, Spell adds “Warren Oil’s product portfolio includes a number of other quality consumer, commercial and industrial lubricants.” For more information on LubriGold and/or other Warren Oil products, please call 910-892-6456/800-779-6456 or email

About Warren Oil:
Warren Oil Company, Inc. currently owns and operates six efficient and modern lubricant manufacturing and packaging plants, including a new state of the art grease plant. Warren Oil markets it lubricants both conventional and synthetic, domestically and internationally to over forty countries, under the WARREN® brand, the LUBRIGUARD® brand, the LUBRIGOLD® brand, and the ITASCA® brand. Warren Oil also manufactures and markets private label products for a number of Fortune 500 companies in addition to manufacturing and marketing a full line of automotive and heavy duty chemicals, including anti-freeze and brake fluids, under its proprietary AUTOGUARD® brand name.