Last edited 26 Feb 2021


A guide to the use of urban timber (FB 50) was written by Geoff Cooper and published by BRE on 31 July 2012. The guide defines 'dunnage' as: 'Waste wood material usually sawn into uniform squares of a given length and used to raise packs of sawn timber off the ground to allow fork-lift access. Dunnage is also used to separate packs of timber in the kiln-drying process.'

Safety in the storage and handling of steel and other metal stock, second edition, published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in August 2016, defines dunnage as: ‘Packing supports used to separate/secure stock on the back of a vehicle while in transit. This can be made of wood, plastic, steel bars or hollow steel sections. Use of dunnage provides access for easier/safer attachment of lifting accessories and helps to prevent load movement. Also used as an alternative term for batten or bearer.’

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