NWPCA Releases Fire Code Compliance Manual
Monday, January 8, 2018
Posted by: Annette Ferri
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NWPCA Releases Fire Code Compliance Manual for New Outdoor Wood Pallet Storage Codes
Incorporates Proven Best Safety Practices
Alexandria, VA - January 9, 2018: The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) announces the release of a new industry resource publication, “NWPCA Fire Code Compliance Manual for Outdoor Storage of Wood Pallets.” The complimentary manual was produced to assist industry in compliance with the new outdoor pallet storage provisions incorporated in the 2018 International Fire Code (IFC) Section 2810 of the International Code Council, and NFPA1, Section 34.10.4, of the National Fire Protection Association, that were adopted in the summer of 2017.
NWPCA worked closely with fire safety and code experts, and hosted several forum for NWPCA members to share safety experiences. All input received led to the development of this comprehensive voluntary resource guide. “The revised sections of the 2018 fire codes for both the International Code Council (ICC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), accurately reflect proven best practices for pallet manufacturing and pallet recycling facilities,” commented Dr. Brad Gething, NWPCA Director of Science & Technology Integration.
“By implementing the guidelines outlined in the fire code compliance manual, industry is taking a significant and proactive step to ensure its pallet facilities are operating under proven best practices. Following the outline allows our industry to build safety programs that prevent fires from starting, mitigate against their spread, and protect the life safety of our employees, first responders, and the communities we live and work,” added NWPCA Chair, Shane Thompson, WestWind Logistics.
Changes to fire code documents are processed every three years. The new NWPCA manual is intended for pallet manufacturing and pallet recycling facilities to help them understand and build a compliance plan consistent with the revised 2018 fire codes of both the ICC and NFPA.
The new guideline, “NWPCA Fire Code Compliance Manual for Outdoor Storage of Wood Pallets,” is available as a free download, and can be accessed at www.palletcentral.com/compliancemanual.
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 over seventy years, NWPCA has educated and served members in the wood packaging industry by offering exclusive resources and benefits including industry guidelines, local and international educational and networking opportunities, targeted email newsletters, and the bi-monthly PalletCentral magazine. NWPCA is an advocate and strong supporter of model safety codes for proven best industry practices. For more information, visit www.palletcentral.com/firecodesafety.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.
About the International Code Council (ICC)
The International Code Council (ICC) is a member-focused association dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes. For more information, visit www.icccampus.org.
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