It seems pallets are taking the design world over. I can’t visit Pinterest without stumbling upon a new pallet project. It’s huge, crazy huge! It blows me away when I see the awesome projects that started out as a pallet. But, how do you know if a pallet is safe to re-use? After spending hours working on your projects you want them to be safe.
The top letters, US, indicate the country where the pallet was produced. This stamp shows the pallet was created in the United States.
The code below the country code, indicates the unique company code assigned by the National Plant Protection Organization. Each pallet producing company has their own code.
The last code is the most important. This pallet stamp shows the letter “HT”. HT means the pallet is heat treated. Heat treated pallets are same to re-use. The heat treatment uses a kiln to heat the wood to treat the wood instead of using chemicals.
If the pallet has the letters “MB”, this means the pallet was treated using Methyl Bromide. Methyl Bromide is used to chemically treat wood. This kind of treatment is unsafe to re-use and you should use caution when handling the pallet.
Another thing to keep in mind, you should also keep an eye out of signs of spillage. If you notice greasy or other matter on the pallet you might want to proceed with caution. Pallets are used to ship various items and can cause a threat if a product would leak onto the shipping pallet. Examine pallet closely for any indication of contamination.
My best advice is to use common sence when selecting pallets for your projects. It’s best to play it safe then take a risk.
Thanks for stopping by and keep on creating.
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