Posted on: September 1, 2011 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

The SA Bureau of Standards, SABS, have published a group of freight load fastening standards, one of which is referenced in legislation.

SANS 10187: Parts 1 to 9, requirements and recommendations for load securement on vehicles.

Because of the great variety of loads, vehicles, and operating conditions, it is not possible to cover all practical circumstances likely to be encountered by operators, and the published standards can therefore not be regarded as exhaustive or exclusive.

Extra precautions are required by law when dangerous goods are transported. Compliance with SANS 10187 is a legal requirement due to its reference in another standard, SANS 10231.

SANS 10231 extract; “Cargo securement shall be in accordance with SANS 10187 to minimise risk of spillage in the event of a vehicle overturning, or any other incident”.

Some common sense is required by the principle of the ‘reasonable man’ in law. Some vehicle loads in taut liner curtain sided trailers, like crates or boxes, sometimes containing beverage bottles or cans, are not secured to the vehicle frame. The curtains are generally not of sufficient strength to contain loads in the event of an incident.

Operators and consignors must have documented loading and securing procedures in place. A Qualified Person, in terms of dangerous goods, must ensure that loading is carried out legally, conforming the relevant standards, and reasonably secure.

Drivers also share responsibility to check and retighten loads on route, as load settling can take place, or lashing, strapping, ropes and other fastening systems may become loose, said SABS official Richard Durrant.

SABS publishes OHSAS 18001

Among the new South African standards adopted and published in 2011 are:

SANS OHSAS 18801; Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems; Requirements

SANS OHSAS 18002; Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems; Guidelines for implementation of OHSAS 18001: 2007

SANS 10234 SADC STAN/TC15/FDHS; Globally Harmonised Systems (GHS)

The South African Bureau of Standards, SABS, have conducted an analysis of its own organisation, culminating in a five year strategy from 2011. SABS aims to contribute to expansion of international trade, stimulation of the economy, and supporting environmental initiatives.

PHOTO; Cargo load fastening systems samples.

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