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  1. Taking the risk out of load risk assessment

    Health and safety is high on the agenda of every business and managers are expected to do everything in their power to keep their employees safe in the workplace.

    As a leading provider for load restraint equipment, we thought we’d take a look at the duty of care employers in the transport industry have, to carry out load risk assessments.

    Why is a load risk assessment necessary?

    The management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires every business to identify any hazards or risk to the health and safety of their employees, whilst at work.

    Consequently, vehicle operators need to carry out a thorough assessment of the dangers faced by employees who load vehicles on their behalf. Any potential risk of injury needs to be identified and eliminated to ensure the welfare of the employee whilst they go about their daily work.

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  2. The Secrets of the Blue Label

    Ratchet straps are some of the most widely used products in the world for securing cargo and restraining loads. We’ve spent many years listening to our customers and developed what we believe are the best on the market.

    Regardless of manufacturer, every ratchet strap has a blue label sewn into the strap. Here at CargoStop we also include a second copy under the stitched webbing for added safety value. But, why are the blue labels required and what is the purpose of the information they display?

    What is the blue label?

    The blue label is all about making transport as safe as possible. It has to be stitched-in to the webbing of each ratchet strap to comply with UK and European standards relating to the packaging of goods for transport by road.

    Under European legislation (EN 12195-2:2001), a visible intact data label must be securely a

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  3. Taking care of ratchet straps

    Ratchet straps are one of the best ways to secure loads during transport. They’re relatively easy to use and care for, and as ratchet strap experts, at CargoStop we know how to best take are of your ratchet straps properly to extend their life for as long as possible.

    Our strong, yet lightweight, polyester straps are ideal for a variety of applications. The fabric, with European side by side zig zag sew pattern, allows for very little stretch and resists abrasions. Their minimal absorption of water prevents shrinkage and mould development after being exposed to wet weather and they are also resistant to damage from UV rays and most common chemicals.

    These qualities make CargoStop’s Ratchet Straps a long-lasting and economical choice.

    Ratchet Strap Maintenance and Storage

    When straps are not in use, we recommended the following ways to maintain and store them.

    First, before storing them for any length of time, it’s important to make sure the webbing is clean and dry. To wash your straps after usage, simply hose them down with water and let them dry before storing.

    If you find that your straps are not coming clean with this method, you can mix a mild detergent with warm water and scrub with a quality scrub brush to loosen any dirt and debris. Avoid bleach-based cleaning products.

    Also, keep in mind that although it’s tempting to toss straps in a pile after usage, taking the time to wind up a strap is also an ideal time to inspect the webbing for rips, tears and abrasions. Take a look at our ProWinder for an efficient way of winding straps that you can then store.

    You preferably want to store ratchet straps in a dry place away from sunlight. The steel sprockets can build up corrosion over time if you leave them exposed to moisture and then the straps become more difficult to use.

    The sprockets and other moving parts of the ratchet itself would benefit from a light spray of WD40 or similar from time to time. Not only will this help to maintain an easy 'action' but will also act as a rust inhibitor by displacing moisture.

    Items to Help Prolong the Life of Your Ratchet Straps

    Wear Sleeves. They greatly increase the longevity of the webbing. They also reduce the friction assisting the balance of tension required to hold a load in place.

    Edge Protectors. Not only do they protect the load but also the strap at the same time. Our ProStandard Edge Protector is particularly helpful in preventing damage of straps from products with sharp edges (e.g. steel).

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