Safe Loading and Cargo Securing (SLCS)

Gills Driving School Safe Loading TrainingThe International Road Transport Union (IRU) is the only accredited and certified Load Securing Course in Ireland.

The aim of the course is to provide drivers with the theoretical knowledge of safe loading/unloading, securing loads and the necessary practical skills to be safer in the working environment.


The course is tailored to your business requirements and will answer questions such as:

  • Gills Driving School Safe Loading TrainingWhat are the limitations on axle loads?
  • Which loading and securing techniques should be applied to a specific cargo?
  • How many lashings and other safety equipment should be used for a specific cargo?

The topics covered include risks and responsibilities, technical standards, laws of physics, vehicle characteristics, categories of goods transported, best practice for loading, securing material and techniques.

Gills Driving School Safe Loading TrainingWhat needs to be taken into account when securing a load?

  • The nature of the load
  • The suitability of the vehicle
  • The stability of the load
  • The type of restraint
  • The condition of the restraint (i.e. wear and tear)
  • Protection from the weather
  • Prevention of theft
  • Ease of delivery


Gills Driving School Safe Loading TrainingThe Standard for Load restraining on road vehicles is European Standard EN 12195 and comprises of the following parts:

European Standard EN 12195-1: Calculation of securing forces

European Standard EN 12195-2: Web lashing made from man-made fibres

European Standard EN 12195-3: Lashing chains

European Standard EN 12195-4: Lashing steel wire ropes

European Standard EN 12642: Load containment standard for the complete body structure of commercial vehicles and trailers

European Standard EN 12640: Lashing Points on Commercial Vehicles for Goods Transportation

This is a practical hands on course.