HSL's new smart phone app helps operators of commercial
vehicles to make sure the loads they carry are safe and
The Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL) - the UK's
premier health and safety research and incident investigations
establishment - has developed a new smart phone application to help
operators calculate the right number of straps needed to secure
their load and comply with road traffic legislation. The app has
been developed for Android and iOS devices and is now available via
Based on the established European Standard EN
12195-1:2010, the app not only calculates how many straps are
needed, but offers helpful hints and tips about other ways
operators can improve load security.
Drivers and operators of commercial vehicles have legal
responsibilities to ensure that the loads they carry are secured to
Load safety guides - HSL has also published two
straightforward, jargon-free printed guides aimed at professional
drivers and operators in the transport and logistics sector.
These guides offer simple, straightforward advice on safe
loading and transport in general haulage. They explain why loads
can move during transit, and what drivers can do to stop it
happening. They also set out what the legal responsibilities are
for drivers or an operator, and outline what you can do to make
sure you're complying with them.
Load Safe, Road Safe - A Professional Driver's Guide to Safe
Loading (£15) and Transport and Transport Safety - An Operator's
Guide to Safe Loading and Transport (£30).
- Go to Google Play and search for STRApp to buy the smart phone
app for £0.99.
- Or purchase one of HSL's printed guides.