How Often Does Rigging Gear Need to Be Inspected?

OSHA and ASME have an assortment of standards that correlate to the inspection and removal from service criteria for various types of rigging products:

  • OSHA 1910.184 – Slings

  • ASME B30.9 – Slings

  • ASME B30.10 – Hooks

  • ASME B30.20 – Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices

  • ASME B30.21 – Lever Hoists

  • ASME B30.26 – Rigging Hardware

You should enlighten yourself with each standard for specific language and requirements pertaining to each product type. But, all of these products have three various types of inspections that should occur during the service life of the equipment.


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Initial Inspection (Prior to Initial Use):

The best technique is to perform a visual inspection of all rigging equipment upon obtaining it from the supplier. For hardware, hooks, and slings, double-check the tagging or markings on the products to make you convinced that it’s what you summoned and that the rated capacity meets all of your project specifications and lifting needs.

Frequent Inspection (Daily or Prior to Use):

Establish a Competent Person to execute a daily, or pre-shift, hands-on inspection of hardware, slings, and all fastenings and attachments for damage, defects, or deformities. For extreme or special service applications, rigging equipment should be examined before each use. The inspector should also make certain that the rigging gear being utilized for the lift meets the exact job requirements in which it’s being used for.

The best practice is to execute a visual inspection of your rigging gear before any shift modification or changes in lifting application. Users shouldn’t rely on a once-a-day examination for slings, shackles, hooks, hoist rings, etc. if they’re being used numerous times throughout the course of a day.


Deterioration to rigging equipment can occur on one lift due to shock loads, severe angles, sharp or rough edges, or vulnerability to chemicals or heat.

Periodic Inspection (Minimum Every 12 Months):

You should be mindful that OSHA and ASME require a recorded Periodic inspection of your lifting and rigging equipment every 12 months (at a minimum) and monthly to quarterly inspections in more extreme service conditions, based on the subsequent criteria:

  • Frequency of use

  • The severity of service necessities

  • Nature of lifts / load-handling actions

  • Experience gained on the service life of equipment used in equivalent circumstances

ASME provides the subsequent guidelines for Periodic inspection intervals:

  • Normal Service – Annualy

  • Severe Service – Monthly to Quarterly

  • Special Service – As advised by a Qualified person

Depending on the harshness of the operating environment and frequency of use, your business may determine that more thorough / more frequent Periodic inspections should happen.

If your rigging gear is in regular use, or used in a powerful service environment, you may not be compliant with only one Periodic inspection each year.

Make sure that a Skilled person has reviewed your lifting and rigging program and can make a suggestion on how often a Periodic inspection should be performed within a 12-month period.

Some Periodic inspections, like the assessment of slings, are required to be documented and you are instructed to maintain a record of the most recent Periodic inspection. Failure to keep and retain inspection records is one of the most common problems we see that can prevent a company from reaching full OSHA/ASME compliance. Zertify, the leading Testing, Inspection & Certification Software gives you the complete digital certifications for clients and asset owners


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