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NWPCA to Develop Fire Code Manual

Wednesday, July 19, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Annette Ferri
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ALEXANDRIA, VA, July 19, 2017 - The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) initiates the development of a Fire Code Compliance manual to address the revised requirements for outdoor pallet storage. The new requirements are part of the 2018 editions of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1) and the International Fire Code (IFC) of the International Code Council that specifically address the wood and composite wood pallet manufacturing and recycling facilities.

Coinciding with the NWPCA’s “Year of Safety,” President/CEO Brent McClendon stated, “The release of the manual just reinforces our commitment to safety of the entire industry, their workers, and first responders.” The NWPCA was influential in the development of the revised standards to address the fire risk with sound operating practices. McClendon added, “Our members practice safety first. The new manual will help this industry tremendously by outlining best practices for use in their facilities, while complying with the new fire codes coming their way.”

The new NFPA 1 and IFC code requirements highlight the need for a defined site plan, a fire prevention plan, a fire safety and evacuation plan, and a security management plan. The NWPCA Fire Code Compliance manual will include:

  • Outline of specific steps each facility will need to take to comply with new fire codes and code regulations.
  • Templates and checklists that facilities can use to assist in drafting required plans and maintaining documentation.

Additionally, the manual will provide the necessary information facilities need to achieve compliance with the revised fire code requirements.

The NWPCA Fire Code Compliance Manual is scheduled to be published and released in the fall of 2017. Interested businesses and organizations can sign up to receive updates about the Code Compliance Manual’s release here.


Annette Ferri
Vice President, Communications
National Wooden Pallet & Container Association
Office: 703-519-6104


The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) is the largest organization of wood packaging professionals in the world, with more than 670 company members in 28 countries who manufacture, repair and distribute pallets and wood packaging in unit-load solutions, or who supply products and services to the industry. For more information on NWPCA, visit