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  1. What’s the blue label all about?
    28/Feb2018

    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.

    What does the stuff on the label mean?

    We often receive questions from our customers who don't know what the meaning of specific terms or numbers on a strap label are. Therefore we would like to provide you with detailed information about what you can find on our labels and what they mean.

    CARGOSTOP. The name and/or logo of the supplier is mandatory to put on the label so it can, in combination with the batch number and production date, be tracked back exactly to manufacturer and batch code.

    CONTACT DETAILS. Instant reference for replacement stock!

    WEBSITE. How to find out more about us, our products and services.

    LC 2500 daN. The Lashing Capacity when used for direct lashing. (LC 2500 is a 5 tonne rated strap with a breaking strain on the webbing of 7500kg.)

    BF 5000 daN. The Breaking Force when used for direct lashing.

    STF. Important! Standard Tension Force is crucial for frictional lashing. This will usually be 350 on a standard 5 tonne Ratchet, or 500 on an Ergo Ratchet.

    ELONGATION. The maximum webbing stretch factor as required by EN12195-2:2001. This should be no more than 7%.

    LENGTH. This relates to the fixed or adjustable end. On a 5 tonne Ratchet Strap the short tail end is usually 300mm.

    BS EN12195-2:2001. The European Standard to which our straps fully conform.

    BATCH NO. This mandatory date is used to trace back products to the exact production batch. With this code, we can see when the batch was tested and by who, and also what components from what batches were used in the final assembly.

    DATE. In combination with the name of the supplier and the batch code, this mandatory date is used to trace back products to the exact production batch.

    100% POLYESTER. The webbing material determines the colour of the label. Most used webbing for lashing straps is Polyester, with a blue label.

    NOT FOR LIFTING. The safety factors for lifting equipment differ from the safety factors for cargo control equipment. It is absolutely forbidden to use ratchet straps as lifting equipment.

    ACCREDITATIONS. Certified testing companies like TUV are used to test if the Ratchet Straps are in correspondence with the EN 12195-2-2:2001 and if correct, will provide you with a GS (Geprüfte Sicherheit) certificate. All of CargoStop’s straps come with a GS logo, which inspires confidence in our reliable and independently tested materials.

    Long life labels

    We use a heavy duty embossed vinyl which resists tear out. This in turn increases the legal longevity of our ratchet straps. We also sew in a second safety instructions label.

    If you have any questions concerning your strap label, don't hesitate to contact us on 01206 224422. It's our passion to make transport more efficient and safer. We are always happy to help!

  2. Carrying out a load risk assessment
    27/Feb2018

    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 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.

    What does a load risk assessment involve?

    Risk assessment is not a difficult process, all you need to do is think about what you or your staff do, what could go wrong and what the consequence would be (including potential injury) if it did? A plan showing how a vehicle is loaded is very useful, and can help prove in the event of a roadside spot check, that the driver has been responsible for loading correctly.

    Load risk assessment legal requirements

    You are only legally required to record the assessment if you have five or more employees, but even owner drivers will find it beneficial to write it down as it helps you to identify risks, and what measures you can take to prevent the risk occurring.

    How are businesses checked for compliance?

    Traditionally, roadside stops were used and were aimed at all vehicle operators, at known stopping places and predictable times. However this standardised approach is not cost-effective and has been found to be unnecessarily disruptive for operators – who could lose out financially due to vehicle downtime and contractual penalties.

    Consequently a new approach has been introduced which rewards compliant operators, and targets those not complying, in a proportionate way. A voluntary earned recognition system is being trialled to make compliance financially beneficial. When it is rolled out, operators can regularly share performance information with DVSA. In return, their vehicles are less likely to be stopped for inspections.

    For those operators that are less compliant, the DVSA has set up a Strategic Traffic Management Office to target them with co-ordinated profiling, profile mapping, and roadside targeting with ANPR technology. This will be a highly focused effort to disrupt the operations of the small number of extremely non-compliant vehicle operators, so that there are financial disadvantages to their non-compliance.

    For more information about how to secure your load and how CargoStop’s top quality products can ensure you meet health and safety regulations, please get in touch.


  3. Taking care of ratchet straps
    26/Feb2018

    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).