The consignor is the person or company who physically loads the
If you are responsible for loading vehicles, you need to think
about how you can make sure the load remains in a safe condition
from loading right through to delivery. The key to this is a
combination of risk assessment, planning, and communication.
Risk assessment is a legal requirement that helps you to
identify issues and take reasonably practicable
steps to deal with those issues before they become serious
problems. It doesn't have to be a difficult or complicated process:
HSE produce straightforward information on risk assessment.
You should think about how the load will be secured, how that
can be done safely, and who will do it. You may find it useful to
use a load information sheet for the loads you transport so that
your hauliers know what's on their vehicles and how it's secured,
particularly if drivers aren't involved in the loading and/or if
the method of securing is unusual or needs extra care when
unloading. See an example of a load information sheet.
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