The Load Restraint Guide is a modular document: you can use each module independently of the others. Where relevant, the guide will point you to other modules for more information. The Load Restraint Guide is made up of six modules:
- Overview – important foundational information about load restraint, including why you need to restrain your load, what your legal obligations are, load restraint methods, and key elements that make up a load restraint system.
- Loads – advice on restraining specific load types such as sheets and flat loads, or bales, bags and sacks.
- Vehicles and equipment – information about standard vehicle structures and equipment used in restraining loads.
- Working out load restraint – examples of specific load restraint cases to help you determine how much load restraint you’ll need.
- Certification – why you should have a load restraint system certified and who should do it, as well as a template that can be used by certifiers.
- Technical advice – more detailed information on load restraint calculation. This module is aimed at engineers and designers but can be read by anyone wanting to better understand load restraint.
About this guide: A load restraint system is legally required to be able to withstand forces specified in the Performance Standards. The Load Restraint Guide provides examples of how to restrain loads to meet those forces. It is intended to be used as a guide only, as it is impossible to be prescriptive for the many different types, weights and shapes of loads that can be transported.
How to use this module
Read through the Overview to develop your general understanding of load restraint. Once you understand all the information in this module, use the 10 steps checklist every time you’re creating a new load restraint system. If you perform or are responsible for any packing, loading or load restraint tasks, you should be familiar with all the information in this module.
If you perform or are responsible for any packing, loading or load restraint tasks, you should be familiar with all the information in this module.