Before you begin searching for plastic crates for sale or lifting a wooden pallet from a second-hand outlet, you should have a read through the following information.
Check for Spillage
The most obvious thing that you can check for when using either used plastic crates or wooden pallets is spillage.
You may think that you can simply wipe the stain away, but you may not know what the liquid was that was actually spilt.
The pallets or plastic crates may have been used by the food or pharmaceutical industry, for example, which means there could be toxins or bacteria contained in the spillage.
If you have identified the source of any dirt on the pallet, or you have found clean pallets, you will now need to check if is there a stamp on it.
If a pallet has no stamp, it means that it is a national pallet intended for use in the country that you are in and are not usually treated.
There are two things to look out for on the pallet that will reassure you that they are safe:
• The IPPC Logo: Ensures that the pallet is safe and has not been treated with chemicals
• The treatment code: Heat treatment (HT), Methyl Bromide (BM), Debarked (DB) and Kiln Dried (KD)
Most modern businesses use heat treatment rather than Methyl Bromide, but it is still in use and you should check to see if your pallet would have been treated using this chemical.
Check the history of your pallet
If you are a keen DIY expert looking for a cheap project, failing to check out the history of pallets or plastic crates for sale, may lead to illness or injury.
If you are a business, it is essential that you pass all regulations to prevent your business getting into trouble.
Particular care and attention needs to be given to those in the food and drinks industry, as you are most at risk of passing on diseases to your customers.
It is recommended that plastic crates are used whenever possible or, if you are using wooden pallets, purchasing new ones after use is recommended.
If you are worried about using recycled pallets for your business, you may want to look into purchasing them from a reputable company like AIC.
We ensure that all of our products pass all safety regulations and our used pallets are thoroughly examined before they can be sold or rented.