NWPCA Releases Fire Code Compliance Manual for New Outdoor Wood Pallet Storage Codes

Incorporates Proven Best Safety Practices

January 9, 2018.  The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) has released a new industry resource publication, “NWPCA Fire Code Compliance Manual for Outdoor Storage of Wood Pallets.” The complimentary manual was produced to assist industry in compliance with the new outdoor pallet storage provisions incorporated in the 2018 International Fire Code (IFC) Section 2810 of the International Code Council, and NFPA1, Section 34.10.4, of the National Fire Protection Association, that were adopted in the summer of 2017.

NWPCA worked closely with fire safety and code experts and hosted several sessions for NWPCA members to share safety experiences. All input received led to the development of this comprehensive voluntary resource guide. “The revised sections of the 2018 fire codes for both the International Code Council (ICC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), accurately reflect proven best practices for pallet manufacturing and pallet recycling facilities,” commented Dr. Brad Gething, NWPCA Director of Science & Technology Integration.

“By implementing the guidelines outlined in the fire code compliance manual, the industry is taking a significant and proactive step to ensure its pallet facilities are operating under proven best practices. Following the outline allows our industry to build safety programs that prevent fires from starting, mitigate against their spread, and protect the life safety of our employees, first responders, and the communities we live and work,” added NWPCA Chair, Shane Thompson, WestWind Logistics.

Changes to fire code documents are processed every three years. The new NWPCA manual is intended for pallet manufacturing and pallet recycling facilities to help them understand and build a compliance plan consistent with the revised 2018 fire codes of both the ICC and NFPA.

The new guideline, “NWPCA Fire Code Compliance Manual for Outdoor Storage of Wood Pallets,” is available as a free download, and can be accessed at www.palletcentral.com/compliancemanual.