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This section includes descriptive statistics on the industry, along with industry standards, classifications, and codes of operating practice.

Guidance & Standards

RIPA Members’ Codes of Operating Practice

RIPA Code: Steel Drums

RIPA Code: Plastic Drums

RIPA Code: Intermediate Bulk Containers

RIPA Code: Fiber Drums

– The reconditioning of steel drums, plastic drums, fiber drums and composite IBCs each has its own “Code of Operating Practice”, developed by RIPA and its members to assure that operations are safe, ethical and protective of the environment. Adherence to these Codes is a condition of membership with RIPA.

RIPA Guidance on Removal of Paints & Adherents from Steel Drum Exteriors  (December 1, 2015)

– This narrative and pictorial guidance was developed to help reconditioners, shippers and safety regulators understand the processes for preparing steel drum exteriors and the need to protect the steel’s thickness and integrity from excessive treatment (e.g., excessive shot blasting, brushing).

Regulatory Data & Tests

DOT Compliance Testing (Tobyhanna) Reports:  Summary and Analysis (October 18, 2012)

– This slide show presents a summary and preliminary analysis of the LOGSA / Tobyhanna package test reports as formatted and presented by U.S. DOT / PHMSA on the PHMSA website.

SIC & NAICS Codes for Reconditioners, Manufacturers and Distributors (June 1, 2012)

– The industry classification codes – SIC and NAICS – are used frequently in many business and regulatory contexts. For instance, bidding for government work typically requires reporting of these codes. This convenient reference could you save you lots of time and effort tracking down this information. Also included here are the current “small business thresholds”, below which the firm is deemed a small business. These thresholds also can be used in many legal, financial and regulatory contexts.

Industry Survey Data

Industry Survey and Statistics Reports

2013 Report

2011 Report

2009 Report

– An extensive look at production levels for the reconditioning industry, as well as a detailed profile of the industry’s investments in pollution controls, operational equipment and human resources, over the indicated year. This is an excellent guide for policymakers and container buyers. Also, it’s a useful benchmark against which to measure one’s own reconditioning business or related operation.

Historical Production Data

Industry Production Statistics Through 2011 (September 17, 2012)

– A historical look at production levels for drums and IBCs over several years leading up to 2011.