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January-February-2015

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In the Office, Outside the Office, and on the Road… In the Office… T he NWPCA's re-designed website (PalletCentral.com) is a big hit and the optimized mobile environment a major plus for users who rely on their smartphones and tablets. We have integrated social media functionality and fully integrated our new database. The site also includes many 'firsts' such as new websites for PDS, Nature's Packaging (a shared initiative of the Canadian Wooden Pallet & Container Association and NWPCA), and the Pallet Foundation charitable organization that supports NWPCA's strategic plan in research, education and marketing. If you or your team have not been to our website, please visit, log-in, take a look around, and help us ensure your contact information and communication preferences are updated. Outside the Office… NWPCA's staff recently met with the International Code Council (ICC) regarding the upcoming fire code development cycle and process related to the issue of outdoor idle pallet storage. As the ICC process moves forward, staff will remain engaged through participation and monitoring of code provision proposal submissions, ICC committee hearings, public proposal forums, code development hearings and voting on various sections including final action items. NWPCA's Standards Committee has been charged with developing a proposal for ICC's next code cycle and will meet during ALC as part of this process. Please contact Brad Gething (bgething@palletcentral.com) for more background or to become directly involved. The American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC) met in Phoenix, Arizona to consider several proposals that came out of a joint NWPCA/USDA-APHIS/ALSC workshop that would maintain the integrity of the HT program, but lessen the unintended consequences of minor violations to the program's voluntary participants. There are two important changes to the program. The first eliminates the zero tolerance policy for mark obliteration and establishes a new threshold for out of compliance to "more than 5%". So in practice, if 40 pallets are inspected, three or more of those 40 would need to be out of compliance for there to be an issue. The second significant change is that if any representative sample does exceed the new tolerance threshold and is out of compliance, the marks not obliterated shall be corrected (instead of the previous requirement that they be held for remarking). This allows a facility to keep documentation (logs/pictures/etc.) of the correction for the agency to verify, but would not hold up a facility's inventory waiting for review and release by the agency. The changes are now in effect. Under ISPM 15, there is no paperwork assigned to wood packaging material (WPM) that is certifiably heat treated. Instead, a stamp is applied to the packaging to signify treatment. Countries that choose to participate in the ISPM 15 program only accept and export properly treated and marked WPM. If you are a manufacturer of WPM and require ISPM 15 treatment for your packaging, or are looking for a manufacturer of WPM that is 8 PalletCentral • January-February 2015 palletcentral.com INSIDE NWPCA N W P C A A N N O U N C E M E N T S A N D U P C O M I N G E V E N T S =

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