Sling inspections, under the LOLER 1998 Regulation, should be carried out every 6 months. Did you know, there are also 5 simple sling checks that should be carried out daily to ensure that your slings are safe to operate. By following our 5-step sling inspection checklist below, you can make sure that your slings are safe for patients and carers to use.
Following this sling inspection checklist every day every will ensure a safer patient transfer:
Check your Risk Assessment:
- Ensure that the patient’s risk assessment is up-to-date and risks are fully identified. Have the patient’s needs changed? Has their condition deteriorated? If so, don’t use the sling.
- Check the slings for any tears, rips or holes in the fabric.
- Make sure the stitching shows no signs of fraying.
- Check the sling loops carefully for any fraying or signs of damage
Safe Working Load Label:
- Ensure the safe working load label of the sling is clearly visible.
Is the sling fitted correctly? Remember!
- The label should be on the outside of the sling.
- The arrow (if shown) should be pointed up.
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