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ICDM Launches New Website Design

Today, the International Confederation of Drum Manufacturers (ICDM) launched its newly designed website at ICDM is an international association of nonprofit organizations representing the world’s premier manufacturers of steel drums.

“Collaboration across the steel drum industry is crucial to its sustainability and success,” said Kyle Stavig, chairman of ISDI and CEO of Myers Container LLC and General Steel Drum LLC. “This online forum brings the information manufacturers, suppliers and customers around the world need most to one accessible, user-friendly location.”

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In addition to maintaining the website, ICDM members gather annually to share and discuss drum production and safety statistics, as well as information on technical papers and new regulations.
Visit to see the new ICDM website.

ISDI Publishes New Resource on Steel Drum Safety

SEVERNA PARK, Md. (July 17, 2018) – Today, the Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI) unveiled a new infographic that describes how to safely unload steel drums. The single-page illustration details the components of a steel drum and provides suggestions for safe methods of unloading and moving empty steel drums.

“Steel drums are one of the most widely used types of industrial packaging for hazardous goods due to their strength, durability and unparalleled safety record,” said Kyle Stavig, chairman of ISDI and CEO of Myers Container LLC and General Steel Drum LLC. “This fact sheet is a valuable tool that professionals can use to enhance safety awareness and techniques when working with them.”

Globally, over 200 million steel drums are produced and used every year. They can weigh between 35 and 61 pounds when empty, and therefore they can be difficult to move if not done properly. Proper handling can reduce the possibility of employee injuries, in addition to minimizing damage to a drum.

The file is available for sharing and printing for all those interested in steel drums. Click here to download a copy.

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.