Sling Labels and LOLER
Every sling on the market will be fitted with the safety-critical feature of the manufacturer’s label attached to it. During a LOLER inspection, the engineer will specifically note the legibility of the information provided on the label. The sling label will consist of three main pieces of vital information that must be easily read in order for your sling to pass its inspection. Many care facilities are losing a great amount of slings when their labels are faded; a faded label means a failed LOLER and condemnation of the sling.
1. The Serial Number on the Sling
The serial number will be unique to the sling itself and is an integral part of being able to report on the status of the sling. Without being able to read this number, the sling will not pass its inspection.
2. Size and Weight Bearing Ability
You must be able to properly read the sling size and its weight bearing range. Without being able to read this, the facility can risk overloading the sling and putting their service user in danger.
3. The Recommended Washing Temperature
The manufacturer’s recommendation for washing instructions, must be clearly visible on the sling label to ensure you are caring for the sling properly and washing it to a temperature that will preserve the fabric’s integrity.