The cargo handling certificate is an accredited level three programme that was originally written to meet the requirements for the MOD.
It is imperative that all cargo is secured to maintain its integrity; however cargo inside containers has the added disadvantage of movement through intermodal transhipment. Guidelines issued by the international Marine organisation, The department of Transport & the regulatory bodies that govern transport by Road, Rail, Sea and Air, all offer recommendations & advice to correctly secure cargo, perform appropriate stowage, segregation & monitor weight distribution in order to prevent movement. Despite the regulations above, damage to cargo and property is estimated at millions of pounds per year due to incorrect securing and stowage.
The “Health and Safety Executive” state that for all companies it is imperative first aid qualified staff are available to cover sickness, holidays and variable shift patterns.