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Inspection Guide

Pre-use Inspections

You are required to perform regular inspections of the auto belay as set forth in the Perfect Descent Operations Manual.

If any inspection, observation, or notification from a user suggest any abnormality or improper function, remove the auto belay from use immediately and properly quarantine the device until it can be submitted to an authorized service center for evaluation.

Do not use the Perfect Descent Climbing System if any inspection reveals an unsafe condition.

Daily Inspection

  • Inspect the auto belay before use each day to confirm that the unit is functioning properly.
  • Verify smooth, even deployment of the lanyard by pulling the line out until it stops. Return the line back into the housing in a controlled manner.
  • Verify proper function of the retraction system by confirming a static retraction force greater than 2kg (4.5lbs) with at least 65% of the stated lanyard length extended.
  • Check carabiner(s) for damage or deformity and confirm proper function of the gate and locking mechanism.
  • Inspect the lanyard for wear and damage (refer to section 13.7) and verify proper brake function by making a short descent of 1-1.5m (3-5ft).

Weekly Inspection

  • In addition to completing the daily inspection, inspect the lanyard along its entire length looking for excessive wear or damage, paying particular attention to the stitching near the termination on each end (refer to section 13.7 for examples of acceptable and unacceptable lanyard wear).
  • Remove from use any unit showing excessive lanyard wear or damage, or stitching that is broken, frayed, or missing threads, until the lanyard can be replaced.
  • Check that the carabiner functions properly and automatically closes and locks when released.
  • Confirm all fasteners on the housing are consistently seated and tight; also confirm that none are missing, damaged, or have been improperly substituted or altered in any way.
  • Verify that the housing is not damaged, dented, cracked, or corroded and that the installation handle and lanyard nozzle are not excessively worn or otherwise compromised.
  • Evaluate the anchor hardware and check for excessive wear, loose or missing components, or damage.

Formal Inspection

  • A competent person should complete the Formal Inspection at intervals of no more than six months.
  • It is recommended that units exposed to high-volume usage or severe conditions undergo a Formal Inspection more frequently. The frequency of inspection must be established by the operator’s organization based on such factors as the nature and severity of conditions, frequency of use, and exposure time of the equipment.
  • Reference section 13.3 of the Operations Manual for step-by-step procedures for completing and recording the Formal Inspection.