HCB Live February Magazine Article, “Steel drums: Essential services”

The following is a clip from a feature article in HCB Live’s February Magazine. The full article can also be accessed online after logging in or creating a free account. 

“Steel drums transport more than 50m tonnes of both hazardous and non-hazardous materials around the world every year. Because of this staggering statistic, steel drum manufacturers have needed to continue operations throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, being designated ‘Essential Businesses’ by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and in accordance with the DHS Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI), a North American non-profit trade association representing manufacturers of steel drums in the US, Canada and Mexico, worked hard to promote the common interests of its members during this difficult time through government relations, technical research, education and information exchange, media relations and marketing efforts.”

“For instance, through the Institute’s affiliation with the International Confederation of Drum Manufacturers (ICDM), an alliance between ISDI and similar organisations in Europe and Asia, members can provide expertise on packaging proposals that influence regulations. In fact, just this year, ISDI’s leadership of ICDM helped other countries communicate the essential nature of steel drums and, consequentially, kept the industry open around the globe.”

Read more, here: hcblive.com/steel-drums-essential-services


HCB was established in 1980 to help those involved in the transport and storage of dangerous goods to keep up to date with changing regulations. We continue to cover regulatory developments and to bring our readers news of products and services that aim to make their operations safer or more efficient.

The magazine covers the transport of all kinds of dangerous goods, but particularly liquid chemicals, liquefied gases, explosives and radioactive materials. It covers transport by all modes: road, rail, maritime (bulk and packaged), inland waterway and air. Its coverage is also global in scope, covering not only North America and Western Europe but also the Far East, South-East Asia, Australasia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. HCB has full-time writers based in the US and in Poland and a network of part-time contributors in Singapore, India, Brazil, Zambia and elsewhere.