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An app to keep your load safe

HSL's new smart phone app helps operators of commercial vehicles to make sure the loads they carry are safe and secure.

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 Google Play.

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 the vehicle.

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.   

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