Amendments to NSC Standard 10 Are Now Being Enforced!

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In June of 2013, changes were proposed and implemented to the National Safety Code Standard 10, which governs over-the-road securement devices. In particular, we are focusing on the amendments to the WLL (Working Load Limit) of rubber friction mats.

Please note these important changes as per the National Safety Code Standard 10:


2. Devision 2 – General Performance Criteria: Friction Mats



 Section 12 (9)

A friction mat which is not marked by the manufacturer with a working load limit is assumed to provide resistance to horizontal movement equal to 50% of the weight of the cargo resting on the mat.

 Section 12 (9)

To be considered part of a cargo securement system, a friction mat must be marked by its manufacturer with the maximum usable friction resistance (in g’s) the mat will provide in restraining cargo against horizontal and lateral movement.


Eliminates default Working Load Limit for unmarked friction mats, as supported by CVSA Cargo Securement Public Forum and FMCSA

blog illustrationAssessment:

No major objections were received to this proposal.


The Canadian Trucking Alliance proposed that implementation of the requirement be introduced in January 2014 to allow the current inventory of unmarked friction mats to be consumed.


At the moment, these changes only effect Canadian shippers, although U.S shippers that are exporting to Canada must follow these regulations as well. We expect the U.S governing agencies will follow Canada’s lead, as it makes inferior products unusable and ultimately will lead to a more regulated industry.


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