4 step inspection before using a moving and handling sling

4 step inspection before using a moving and handling sling

Care slings should be inspected prior to each individual use in order to guarantee patient safety before they may be moved with a hoist or standing aid. Like anything else, slings can become worn and torn over time due to the age and conditions it has been used under.

To ensure that your slings are safe for each use, we present to you our little guide of the 4 things to check for before using a moving and handling sling.


The sling starts to show sign of fluffiness in the surface fibres caused possibly by sharp edges on straps or Velcro. This is usually harmless, unless it becomes too extensive. A usable sling will normally keep its smooth and flat appearance.

This may be caused by the passage of the webbing over the sharp edges whilst under tension or Velcro. Slight damage to the outer fibres may be considered safe but in severe cases this should lead to instant rejection of the sling and the need to replace with a new one.

Sadly any visible cuts, holes or burns in the sling will mean that it is an instant write-off. Dispose and replace the patients sling immediately.

Examine the stitch patterns for signs of broken, worn, pulled or unravelled stitches. If any are found reject the product immediately. Any sign that the thread on the sling has become subject to excessive abrasion or broken stitches could jeopardise your patients safety.

So please remember to check before every lift, visually examine the slings structural integrity. If there is any sign of excessive damage to the fabric or straps the sling is not safe to use.

If you are ever please check with the sling manufacturer.

The patient sling that doesn’t just help you with moving and handling

The patient sling that doesn’t just help you with moving and handling

In hospices, nursing homes and other care environments sling labels can often become frayed, faded, illegible or even lost altogether.

CQC inspectors won’t tolerate slings without labels or where the essential sling details are unreadable.  But from your feedback, we realised how often this was happening to you, and perfectly usable slings were being condemned due to label issues.

We listened to you on this costly issue, and decided it was high time for action!

The solution?  The Comfymove sling range, with embroidered labels that withstand regular use and washing without losing their legibility.

The fully embroidered, durable label contains all the crucial information.  Anti-fade technology ensures the label withstands regular washing and intensive client use.

Add this label to a great range of high quality, popular sling styles, and you have Comfymove.

Moving and handling sling labelThe information you can input on the label is:

guarantees that you are using the right sling for the right resident or patient.

Sling Type:

informs you of the type of sling it is, so you are less likely to use the wrong one.

Year and Quarter:

helps you keep track of the slings age.

Serial number:

handy to quote if you are unfortunate enough to encounter difficulties with your sling.

Washing instructions:

ensures the sling doesn’t get damaged or ruined in the wash.

Sling Material Type:

keep track of the safe working load that the sling can manage.


the label has it’s own timetable so you can keep track of the slings LOLER examinations over the years.