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This section presents various educational pieces, intended to convey to a wide audience some of the basic concepts , institutions and mechanisms that operate in the world of industrial packaging.

Are Motor Oil and Related Products Regulated as Hazardous Materials? (August 1, 2012)                                                                             This Technical Memo explains how many motor oils and related products are exempt from regulation and, thus, do not require UN non-bulk packaging such as drums.

Hazardous Materials Packagings “101” (March 1, 2012)
Find here a useful outline of the U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), particularly as they relate to steel, plastic and fiber drums, as well as composite Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs).

Responsible Packaging Management (May 1, 2010)                                                                                                                                             Responsible Packaging Management is RIPA’s comprehensive guide to complete packaging management, from design and procurement, to utilization, reuse and final end-of-life disposition.  The guide also includes the various Codes of Operating Practice to which RIPA members adhere in conducting their businesses.   This guide is a very useful tool for packaging companies  to provide their customers.

BASCO, Inc.’s Presentation on Gaskets (April 22, 2009)
A highly informative Power Point slide show on gaskets and all related issues. Includes a slide-by-slide transcript of the presenter’s narration.

RIPA Advisory on Scrapping Drums (April 27, 2006)
Hazardous residues in emptied industrial packagings pose threats to employees, the public, and the environment, and for this reason agencies like U.S. DOT and EPA under Superfund continue to regulate such industrial packagings almost to the same extent as if those packagings were full of their original contents. The emptier of any industrial packaging must recognize his responsibility to act properly, and the massive potential liabilities for his failure to act properly.