Understanding OSHA Regulations for Pallet Stacking

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Setting up an effective plan for storing pallets is important for every business that deals with them.

OSHA provides specific regulations for pallet stacking that requires stability and height to be taken into account. Wooden pallets can also be a major fire hazard if not properly stacked and stored.

Thankfully, meeting OSHA and fire safety standards requires just a few common sense precautions.

Read on to find out what we recommend.

Safe and Efficient Pallet Stacking

Once a pallet has been unloaded, it needs to be properly put away. Doing this promptly gets it out of the way and removes trip and fall hazards from your work floor.

Some basic tips include:

  • Don’t mix different types of pallets in one stack
  • Don’t use damaged pallets
  • Keep pallets out of the way
  • Stack at a safe height for your operations

We recommend that you never mix different types of pallets in a single stack. This helps provide a stable base and allows you to maximize the height of each stack without sacrificing safety.

Make sure you also regularly inspect your pallets for damage. Stacking a cracked pallet under others could cause an entire stack to collapse.

We always recommend that you establish an area for pallets to be stored in that’s convenient to access. It also needs to have clear movement paths and be out of the way of normal operations.

Protecting Against Fires

Since plastic materials, including plastic pallets, burn with a higher heat release than wooden pallets and they can overpower your sprinkler system.

We highly recommend that you check what your fire suppression system is rated for before storing stacks of plastic goods, especially in large quantities.

Always Prioritize Safety

Keeping your pallets stacked in an organized and sensible manner is one of the best ways to avoid falling pallets. Always make sure they are stacked at a reasonable height and a safe location.


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