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What's the Blue Label on a Ratchet Strap all About?

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!

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