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    ASTM D5998 - 16

    Standard Specification for Molded Polyethylene Shipping and Storage Drums

    Active Standard ASTM D5998 | Developed by Subcommittee: D20.15

    Book of Standards Volume: 08.03

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    This specification covers self-supporting, molded polyethylene, tight head drums for use in surface and air shipments. Drums shall be manufactured from virgin or recycled polyethylene plastics, and with handles and openings the number of which depends on the capacity of the drum. Safety seals and torque wrenches may also be provided as necessary. The drum shall be uniform in color and free of lumps, blisters, or flash, with the drum interior clean and free of foreign matter. Drop, leak proofness, hydrostatic pressure, stacking, handling, and capacity tests shall be performed and shall conform to the requirements specified. The drum shall also be examined to assess its conformance with the specified dimensions and capacity.

    This abstract is a brief summary of the referenced standard. It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. ASTM does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents of this abstract are accurate, complete or up to date.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers self supporting, molded polyethylene, tight head drums designed for surface and air shipment, ranging in size from 5 gal (19 L) to and including 55 gal (208 L).

    1.2 Virgin or recycled polyethylene plastics2 or combinations thereof can be used provided the finished product meets the requirements of this specification.

    Note 1: There is no known ISO equivalent to this standard.

    Note 2: This standard is intended to replace MIL-D-43703C.

    1.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    D1972 Practice for Generic Marking of Plastic Products

    D3951 Practice for Commercial Packaging

    D4504 Specification for Molded Polyethylene Open-Head-Pails for Industrial Shipping of Nonhazardous Goods

    D4919 Guide for Testing of Hazardous Materials Packagings

    D7209 Guide for Waste Reduction, Resource Recovery, and Use of Recycled Polymeric Materials and Products

    ANSI Standards


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 55.140 (Barrels. Drums. Canisters); 83.080.20 (Thermoplastic materials)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 13111016(Polyethylene); 24112109(Non metallic drums)

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    DOI: 10.1520/D5998-16

    Citation Format

    ASTM D5998-16, Standard Specification for Molded Polyethylene Shipping and Storage Drums, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, www.astm.org

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