DVSA and HSE have published an updated Code of Practice on the safety of loads on vehicles. The new code brings together all current guidance on load security, providing a comprehensive resource for vehicle operators, drivers, transport managers, and anyone else involved in the loading of vehicles.
The code covers a wide range of topics, including:
- The principles of load security
- The different types of load and how to secure them
- The equipment and materials needed for load security
- The responsibilities of different people involved in loading vehicles
The code also includes a number of case studies and examples to illustrate the principles of load security.
The code is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to ensure that loads are loaded and secured safely.
The code is based on the principles of risk assessment and hazard identification.
It emphasises the importance of planning and communication when loading vehicles.
It provides guidance on how to secure a wide variety of loads, including palletised loads, bulk loads, and liquid loads.
It includes a section on the responsibilities of different people involved in loading vehicles, such as the driver, the transport manager, and the loading staff.
In Aftermarket, Marian Kitson, DVSA’s Director of Enforcement, said:
“It’s vital for vehicle operators, drivers and anyone involved in the loading of a vehicle to ensure every vehicle load is secure. By doing so, they are protecting other road users and members of the public.The code of practice offers clear guidance which will help industry to understand what action they need to take to comply.”
And Nina Day, Policy Advisor at the Health and Safety Executive, added:
“Inadequate vehicle loading and poor load security puts people at risk both during the journey and in the workplace. HSE has worked closely with the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency to produce this new guidance, which gives businesses the information they need to work safely when transporting goods on the road.”
For further information, go to www.gov.uk