At RIPA’s request, Transport Canada, the Canadian equivalent of U.S. DOT, has renewed the “Equivalency Certificate” SU 11819 which facilitates the transport of emptied IBCs together with emptied drums to a reconditioner provided certain conditions are met. Those that qualify for the certificate can simply use a DANGER vehicle placard when a shipment includes two or more emptied IBCs – saving considerable time and effort hanging placards for each hazard class the IBCs may have held.
Mr. Barry Wingard, Minority Owner and Senior Operations Director, Container Life Cycle Management, LLC, was recently selected by his industry peers to receive the 2018 Morris Hershson Award of Merit. Mr. Wingard was bestowed the award at the Houstonian Resort and Spa on October 25, 2018 at the 77th Annual Conference of the Reusable Industrial Packaging Association. RIPA presents the prestigious award to an individual for “distinguished and longstanding service” to the reusable industrial packaging industry.
RIPA responded recently to U.S. DOT’s request for public and industry comment on DOT regulations that should be reviewed for potential withdrawal or revision. The DOT request is in response to an Executive Order from the White House issued soon after the inauguration last January. RIPA has focused on five areas of regulatory concern, a couple of which actually would require regulatory action to provide relief: one, to broaden options in leakproofness testing operations and, another, to make more practical the standard for adherents on steel drum surfaces after reconditioning. Other suggestions are to extend periodic testing of design types beyond the current annual basis, and to move on RIPA’s past requests that emptied IBCs be granted similar relief as emptied drums when shipping to a reconditioner or remanufacturer.