7 Tips for Keeping Your Wooden Pallets Safe
One of the top concerns for buyers of wooden pallets is always going to be safety. After all, customers are buying these products and shipping goods in them that will end up on store shelves or in people’s homes, so it is important they can trust their supplier to deliver safe pallets. If your business ships pallets often, here are five tips to help keep your wooden pallets safe.
Keep It Clean
While it may not always be possible or practical to disinfect a pallet, there are other things you can do to ensure cleanliness. For example, make sure employees wash their hands before they handle the pallets and make sure they know how important it is that they don’t have any open cavities or sores when they handle them. If you live in a humid climate, make sure pallets are kept somewhere dry and well ventilated so mold and mildew can’t grow on them.
Inspect for Damage
When pallets arrive at your business, inspect each one to be sure they’re in good condition. Look for things like missing or splintered slats, a broken top board, or nails that aren’t driven in straight. All of these could present safety problems.
Spray With Disinfectant
Once you confirm a pallet is free from damage and clean, spray it with a disinfectant such as Lysol or Pine Sol. It’s a good idea to do this every time you handle the pallet.
Label your pallets, especially if they’re going to be stored for a long period of time; so even if the top board is damaged or missing, there will be no confusion as to what product was shipped in that particular pallet.
When your pallets are loaded into crates to ship, print the company name and ID on both ends of the crate so if there’s ever an issue with a delivery or a shipment, you’ll know where the problem occurred. This makes it much easier when you’re trying to figure out what went wrong with a shipment.
You can never be too sure about the safety of your pallets, here are some other things that you should always keep in mind:
- Don’t stack pallets on top of each other
- Always…ALWAYS keep your pallets in a dry place – avoid storing them outside or near water sources
- If you are going to store your pallets, use a tarp to protect them from the elements
- If you’re using recycled wood for building projects, try to minimize how much glue and nails you use so that they can be reused later on
- Make sure any metal fasteners are covered with a protective coating like paint or varnish before stacking the boards together
As you can see there are several things that need to be done in order to ensure wood pallets are safe from damage. From sorting the boards when they come out of storage, to stacking and securing them properly, it takes time and effort but it will all be worth it in the end. The more diligence you show in these areas the happier you’ll be with the results.