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Grasp the webbing with your hands and bend the webbing, checking both sides. This creates surface tension making damaged fibres or cuts easier to see. Webbing damage may not show up through a sight (visual) inspection only-manual inspecting (touching) the harness is equally important.

Visual and Touch Inspection

Examples of Some Typical Thread (TH) and Stitch Pattern (SP) in Webbing (W)

Examples of Some Typical Connector (Hardware) Components and Elements


Depends upon cause of discolouration
Indicates heat damage
Indicates possible fall
Clean harness
Indicates posible fall
Indicates heat damage
Check with manufacturer
Indicated heat or UV damage


I.e. additional holes

Tagging System

Every harness must have a legible tag identifying the harness, model, date of manufacture, name of manufacture, limitation and warnings.

Cleaning and Storage

Wipe off all surface dirt with a sponge dampened in plain water. Squeeze the sponge dry. Dip the sponge in a mild solution of water and mild detergent. Work up a thick lather, with a vigorous back and forth motion. Then wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Hang freely to dry away from excessive heat, steam, or long periods of sunlight.

Storage area should be clean, dry and free of exposure to fumes, heat, direct ultraviolet light, sunlight and corrosive elements.

Note: Do not store harnesses next to batteries. Chemical attack can occur if batteries leak.

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