How can you tell if a pallet is heat-treated?

What the Hell Are Heat Treated Pallets? - Box Around The World

Pallets are a very popular and easy method of packing and transporting heavy goods and products due to their compatibility with fork-lifters, jacks, cranes, and many other types of equipment. 

And for the fact that these wooden planks may have to carry a wide variety of products, they have to be completely safe to use. 

There are a lot of methods of treating wood pallets before bringing them to re-use. And one amongst them is heat treatment. 

But with the growing popularity of one-time pallets and the competition of heat treatment methods with the low-cost Methyl Bromide fumigation, it is easy to disguise heat-treated pallets with their counterparts.

So, here is how you can tell if a wood pallet is heat-treated or not.

The First Thing First…

First of all, before touching the pallet, always remember to wear gloves. Since you do not know if the pallet is treated or not, touching the pallet with bare hands would not be a good idea at all.

IPPC Logo/NPPO Standards

The IPPC logo is a must in all the legally manufactured wood pallets that have qualified the NPPO standards. But for their tricky coding pattern, users often ignore this code. 

So, the codes begin with the double-letter country code (for example ‘US’ for the United States). Then comes the unique triple-digit number (000) for recognition. NPPO assigns this unique number. Thereafter you will see a double-letter code that will help you determine the treatment that the pallet has gone through. 

MB stands for Methyl Bromide fumigation treatment. DB indicates the debarked pallet. And HT code stands for Heat Treatment. Thus, if you are looking for a heat-treated pallet, look for the HT code at the end of the IPPC logo on your pallet.

No Logo?

But what if you do not see any logo over your pallet. Is it safe for usage? Is it heat-treated or has it gone through Methyl Bromide treatment? Well, no one really knows. So if you do not see any black-inked logo on your pallet, it is better to not use it as this can really be dangerous. If the pallet is treated with Methyl Bromide fumigation, it can have unwanted effects if comes in contact with bare skin or food items.

For further information on the rules and regulations related to the treatment and safety of the pallet refer to the official website of IPPC.

Final Words

So, through this simple method, you can easily identify whether your wood pallet has gone through heat treatment or not. We hope this article could solve all your queries and confusions.