ISDI and TRANSCAER® Release New Seconds Count Video on UN Markings

(Washington, DC) – The Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI) and TRANSCAER® are pleased to announce, as part of TRANSCAER’s “Seconds Count – Are You Prepared?” video series, a new 90-second animation aimed at educating first responders in communities near transportation routes on the basics of the UN markings on new tighthead steel drums.

“In business or emergency situations, UN markings provide the critical information needed to ensure drums are safely and securely managed,” said Kyle R. Stavig, chairman of ISDI and CEO of Myers Container LLC, General Steel Drum LLC and CEO of North Coast Container LLC. “We hope this information will help first responders better understand the nature of the materials they are working with and how to handle them during an event.”

The UN/DOT markings on a drum may seem complicated at first but once decoded, the markings indicate critical aspects of the packaging’s testing and certification to international and domestic regulatory standards.

“TRANSCAER Sponsors, like ISDI, are essential partners in developing practical materials that educate and prepare emergency responders,” said Keith Silverman, chairman of the National TRANSCAER Task Group and senior vice president global operations, quality and EHS at Ashland.

Decoding the UN Marks on a New Tighthead Steel Drum is the 30th Seconds Count video released. The series, distributed by TRANSCAER and hosted on its website, includes interviews with transportation and manufacturing industry leaders, as well as short animations educating first responders on how to deal with products or situations they may come across when responding to a situation.