Care & Use of Flat Web Slings

Webbing Slings must be inspected prior to every use

Look for:

  • Any external wear such as abrasion or cuts and contusions.
  • Internal wear which is often indicated by a thickening of the sling or the presence of grit and dirt.
  • Damage caused by high temperatures, sunlight or chemicals (indicated by discolouration).
  • Damage to the label or stitching.
  • Damage to the eyes or to any end fittings.

Discard a web sling if:

  • There is excessive surface wear, cross or longitudinal cuts in the webbing. Cuts or chafe damage to the edges, crystallisation of the webbing (caused by exposure to excessive heat), or local weakening of the webbing so that surface fibres can be plucked or rubbed off.
  • The label has been removed or is illegible.
  • End fittings are pitted, corroded, cracked or otherwise damaged.
  • There is any damage to protective sleeving.
  • A nylon sling comes into contact with acid.
  • A polyester sling comes into contact with strong alkaline substances.


Proper storage is essential to prevent deterioration and damage to web slings. Wet slings must be allowed to dry naturally before being stored. Under no circumstances should slings be heated or otherwise force dried. Slings must be stored in locations that have the following conditions:

  • Clean and free from dirt and grit.
  • Dry and ventilated to prevent condensation.
  • Off the ground and without contact with any surface that may corrode.
  • Away from the following:
    • Direct sunlight and ultraviolet rays.
    • Sources of heat (e.g. steam pipes, furnaces).
    • Sparks from any sources.
    • Chemically degrading atmospheres, including damaging fumes.
    • Chemically degrading materials, incl. liquids that may leak from containers.
    • Locations where mechanical damage is likely to occur, i.e. on or underneath
      racks containing heavy objects that could inadvertently damage the slings.

Determine WLL

Determine the required sling WLL for the lift.

Don't pull from under load

The full weight of the load on sling can damage the sling and reduce performance.

Balance Load

Use more than only one sling if necessary for balance. Avoid load slippage. There’s safety in sling...

Don't Knot

Slings should never be joined by knots. Tying knots seriously weakens sling life and capacity.

Match Sling to Load Angle

Never exceed published Working Load Limit (WLL). WLL is impacted based on angle and lifting method used.

Avoid Abrasive Surfaces

Don’t drag slings on flooring or over equipment.

Acids & Caustics

Don’t use polyester slings around caustics. Don’t use nylon slings around acids. Don’t use any slings in temperatures over 90°C.

Protect Sling & Load

Watch for corners, sharp edges and protrusions. Proper guarding should be used to protect the sling and load.