During service, wire rope slings are subjected to conditions that affect their safety. It is necessary, therefore, to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that the sling is safe for continued use.
The sling should be inspected for any obvious signs of deterioration before each use.
If, at any time there is reason to doubt the safe condition of the sling, it should be withdrawn from service and subjected to a thorough examination.
If the tag or label identifying the sling and its working load limit becomes detached and the necessary information is not marked on the master link, or by some other means, the sling should be withdrawn from service.