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  1. What’s the blue label all about?

    You may have noticed the blue label sewn into each part of Cargo Stop’s Ratchet Straps? These labels must be present for the strap to conform with the UK and European standard. Ratchet Straps do not comply with EN12195-2:2001 without a visible intact data label securely sewn to all detachable sections. This secures all the critical identification in case of an incident. Furthermore all labels should have a stitched-in portion which is covered by webbing and can be exposed by unpicking the stitching in the event of an incident where the actual data label has become detached.

    It's important to know that without a readable blue label attached to a strap, the strap will not conform to European standards which may jeopardise any insurances covering the securement of cargo carried.

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  2. Carrying out a load risk assessment

    It is vital for businesses to do all they can to ensure employees are safe in their workplaces.

    As with all areas of the health and safety law the employer has a duty to carry out risk assessments of employees. In order to protect the company and the health and safety of employees it is a legal duty of vehicle operating businesses to carry out a thorough risk assessment of the potential dangers faced by employees who load vehicles on their behalf. Self Employed individuals are also required by law to assess the risk of their own work loading vehicles.

    Why is a load risk assessment important?

    It is vital for businesses to do all they can to ensure employees are safe in their workplaces.

    As with all areas of the health and safety law the employer

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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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