Breaking Story: NASFM Drops All Code Enforcement Efforts Related to Pallets

April 22, 2010
Admitting that it “underestimated the complexity of the issues and the parties involved,” the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) has officially abandoned all efforts to develop code enforcement guidance regarding fire safety and pallet composition.

In a recent letter sent to Bob Moore, CEO of plastic pallet supplier Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS), Alan Shuman, president of NASFM, confirmed the organization has permanently dropped all efforts to pursue the “controversial project.”

Furthermore, “NASFM does not recommend the use of wooden pallets over plastic pallets, nor does the association recommend the use of plastic pallets over wooden pallets,” Shuman wrote. “Any suggestion to the contrary in the draft documents (including a statement that consumers using plastic pallets should switch back to a wood pallet) does not represent NASFM’s position.”

Shuman concludes the letter by stating that “some other fire safety organization or educational institution would be better suited, and have the resources necessary to address, the complex issues involved.”