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    5 Steps to Safer Slings

    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:

    Sling Inspection Checklist

    1. 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.
    2. Sling Fabric:
      • Check the slings for any tears, rips or holes in the fabric.
      • Make sure the stitching shows no signs of fraying.
    3. Sling Loops:
      • Check the sling loops carefully for any fraying or signs of damage
    4. Safe Working Load Label:
      • Ensure the safe working load label of the sling is clearly visible.
    5. 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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