Safety Publications

Safety publications come from a variety of sources. Many of the earlier BSI safety standards have been replaced by new European standards (ENs) which cover the same topics and have been published by BSI as BS ENs. The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) publish a range of safety publications although there are gaps, one such gap is safe height for the stacking of empty pallets which PalletLink have tackled and produced recommendations in consultation with the HSE, pallet recyclers and new pallet manufacturers.


Certain EN and ISO pallet standards contain safety information and we find that the HSE often incorporates this into their own documents. The HSE website is

An example is HSE Guidance Note PM15 Safety in the use of pallets (only available from HSE as a priced publication not in PDF). Another of value is HSE Guidance Note 398 Are you making the best use of lifting and handling aids containing guidance on hand pallet trucks (known as pallet jacks in the USA).

The HSE often help with complex new European regulations with their own easy to read supporting literature to guide users. One example is the HSE support document to assist understanding the limits set on vibration levels in workers hands and arms caused by pneumatic tools used in the timber industry - published as EC 2002/44/EC Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive.

Hazard analysis or hazard assessment is essential for pallet users and a publication of value to a company’s workplace safety committee is the HSE document 5 Steps to Risk Assessment (see below).

We have included some of our own and some HSE downloads, but by no means all those documents which manufacturers and users need to be aware of. Nor can we offer British Standards which are copyrighted and need to be purchased from BSI, these include all ENs on safety published as British Standards. Go to PUBLISHED STANDARDS on this website for more information on obtaining British Standards as paper copies or online.

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PDF25a Stacking heights for loaded pallets. (PDF 64kb)
PDF25g Stacking heights for empty pallets stored externally. (PDF 13kb)
PDF47c Security of palletised and other loads in vehicles. (PDF 71kb)
PDF65c ISPM 15 Full Wood Packaging Standard v2018 (PDF 761kb)
PDF65d HSE 5 Steps to risk assessment 2006 (PDF 78kb)
PDF65f Manual handling and loading of pallets etc Canada 21pp (PDF 259kb)
PDF65g HSE Wood machining safety leaflet - Toxic woods (PDF 25kb)
PDF65h HSE - COSHH and the Woodworking Industries (PDF 43kb)
PDF65i HSE GN 398 Making the best use of handling aids (PDF 541kb)
PDF65k HSE PM 15 Pallet Safety (PDF 1443kb)
PDF96c HSE Fee for Intervention - commenced 2012. (PDF 136kb)
PDF96i Index of Safety Standards including HSE and BSI documents. (PDF 61kb)
PDF97f ADR revised 2013 - UN road transport legislation. (PDF 11kb)
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