Dallas Steel Drums
Closure Requirements for Steel Drums With Rieke and Vise Grip II
In Regulation 49 CFR 178.2(c), the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires drum
manufacturers to inform their customers of
how to close drum
fittings and closure rings in order to ensure the drum will perform to the marking level indicated thereon. Please
see that this information is available to those responsible for closing the drums
after filling. The use of non-sparking tools is
to close drums containing hazardous materials.
This document must be passed along with the container within your facility, or to
the packaging is transferred, and ultimately to the
personnel responsible for closing and
shipping the container.
It must be used as a training document to complete closure of your
Tighten all plugs to the recommended torque, while taking care that the
plugs are not cross threaded into the flange and that the plug gaskets do not
become looped or twisted while tightening. If drums are not intended for
immediate shipment after filling and torquing of plugs, plug torque should
be rechecked prior to shipment, and plugs retorqued as necessary.
HEXAGONAL HEAD PLUGS / RECOMMENDED TORQUE
(Rieke Vise Grip & Vise Grip II style )
2" or 1 ½" ¾"
30 ft.-lb. Rubber gaskets 15 ft.-lb.
ft.-lb. Plastic gaskets 20 ft.-lb.
PLASTIC or NYLON PLUGS
ft.-lb. Rubber gaskets 9 ft.-lb.
20 ft.-lb. Plastic gaskets 9 ft.-lb.
Form # QAC-001 Revision 2.5 06/22/12Berenfield Containers