Wood has been the main material used for pallets since before the turn of the 20th century because of its affordable cost. But, by the middle of the first decade of the 21st century, the steel pallet has emerged and is steadily rising in use with many industries, particularly with storage and shipping because of steel’s serious advantages over wood. Of particular attention is the effectiveness of steel pallets in handling hazardous materials and oil-based liquids.
Benefits of Steel Pallets
Most obvious is the fact that steel pallets can withstand almost all types of degradation, by far its greatest benefit. Wood pallets can suffer significantly from extreme weather and wood-boring insects. And while rust may be steel’s primary enemy, steel pallets today use galvanised steel or zinc plating to ward off the starting causes of rust and corrosion. Also, steel pallets can carry heavier loads compared to wood pallets.
Another beneficial factor is that most countries and firms make it mandatory that all types of pallets undergo the process of sterilisation and cleaning before each use. Steel pallets have no problems with any cleaning process, whereas wood quickly absorbs the moisture even while being air-dried out. Steel pallets can also be stacked on top of each other while being air-dried after being cleaned. Or they can easily be stacked side-by-side for easy storage or while drying out.
Steel Pallets for Hazardous Materials
When it comes to hazardous liquids and oil-based products, steel pallets more than satisfy the containment requirements set down by the Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) regulations and the various Work Health and Safety (WHS) Acts enacted by each state in Australia. Metal pallets – and often metal cages – are sometimes used exclusively for this purpose because of their non-porous nature and ability to maintain its integrity even upon contact with the liquids.
Primary containment merely denotes the primary container that hazardous or oil-based liquids are placed in as well as the primary pallet such containers rest on. Thus, the pallet needs to be genuinely non-porous so it doesn’t absorb any of the spilled liquids. Secondary containment denotes any “backup” storage in case the primary containers leak or suffer damage. This includes steel pallets that act as secondary pallets, if needed. However, whether for primary or secondary pallet containment duties, steel pallets have proven their worth in terms of durability, strength, and practicality.
Steel Pallets and Omni-tuff
To carry hazardous materials and oil-based containers, steel pallets are the best option. Even in other sensitive industries or sectors such as grocery management, metal pallets are steadily replacing wooden pallets because of the steel’s long life, durability, and space-saving ability. Metal pallets can also be moved around with ease in a variety of ways. They are forklift and even trolley lift compatible. And with its ability to carry heavier loads of up to 10 tonnes, steel pallets cover all storage and shipping solutions as well as for dangerous goods handling and management. Get in touch with Omni-tuff today at https://omnituff.com/ and ask for a full and free quote.