Pallet Definition – What is a pallet?

A pallet is a wooden or plastic flat transportable platform on which goods can be moved, stacked, and stored, with the aid of a forklift. A pallet is designed to support goods giving stability to the item during transit.

For palletised distribution, the goods must be transported on a pallet. These days anything is packed onto pallets, from building materials, electrical appliances, boilers and car spares.

However you must not load the following items:

  • Any hazardous goods
  • Livestock or any other living creature
  • Controlled drugs
  • Machinery that contains oil
  • Fireworks
  • Any flammable compressed gases
  • Any product or materials that may be dangerous or hazardous to handling staff

A pallet is defined in BS ISO 445 as follows: ‘a horizontal platform of minimum height compatible with handling by pallet trucks, and/or forklift trucks and other appropriate handling equipment, used as a base for assembling, storing, handling and transporting goods and loads in factories, warehouses etc’. It may be constructed with, or fitted with, a superstructure.

For further information on pallets click on the link below. The document covers pallet handling, safety, construction and best practise.

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