Lanyards – Keeping the Tools Safe

One of the best ways to prevent tools from dropping while working at height is to use the right tethering systems. Lanyards are specifically designed for this job to keep the tools secured so that even if you drop them, they will never touch the ground. Another benefit of using the lanyard is that they cost less compared to the price of the tools themselves or the possible financial costs of having an accident.

There are different styles of lanyards that you can choose from to meet the tethering needs of almost any tool. For small tools, you can choose the simplest style. For heavier and high-value equipment, you can choose the more substantial tethering system. The kind of lanyard a company will use depends on several factors like the type of work, the type of tools being used, the environment, weather conditions and so on.

Creating a Lanyard Scheme

To the inexperienced individual, it seems that the ideal way to use the lanyard is to simply get a box of it and attach all the tools on the safety harness or belt. But for the experienced, using a lanyard system is much more complicated than that. Think of the different hand tools you are using to install the electrical junction boxes. If all the tools are tethered to your tool belt, you will have a number of various straps hanging on your tool belt. Having all these straps would make it easy for you to get tangled on something, which could cause you to trip, snag or fall.

layardsYou need some knowledge and experience to be able to design the proper lanyard scheme. A well-designed lanyard scheme uses various types and lengths connected to different points. For instance, you may have one hand tool connected to a retractable tether on your left hip. You may have 2 or 3 other light tools attached to your safety harness with short lanyard. The other tools can be connected directly to your tool belt using a longer lanyard.

If your lanyard scheme is properly designed, you will have access to all of your tools in a way that is comfortable but safe. There will be less risk of stumbling over excess lanyard material, also you don’t have to be concerned about your lanyards getting tangled on something, and you can easily move around. These lanyards are very functional and will make sure that you are protected against accident and injury.

A Customized Lanyard

The most common lanyard consists of either a length of cable or webbing with connectors on the end. Tools with built-in anchors are perfect using the common lanyard because workers can easily hook the tools and go. But, there are cases where your tools don’t have built-in anchors. Cordless drills, hammers, and ratchets are some examples of anchor-less tools. These sorts of tools need customized tethering solutions that use the tool’s own size and shape to determine the right way to hold onto it.

Utilizing a hammer as an example, one customized solution is a tether system that involves a unique adhesive sleeve. Using this scheme, the tether is fixed in position by slipping a tight sleeve on it as well as the hammer’s handle. The sleeve is then allowed to shrink and the handle to adhere, which makes a permanent bond between the two. Having the tethered sandwiched firmly together between them and a lanyard connected, it will not slip over even under the most extreme situations. Without a doubt, this scheme is the best way to keep the hammer secured while working that does not require a built-in anchor.

Choosing the Right Custom Lanyards

custom lanyardsYou have to make a lot of choices to produce custom lanyards that suit you best. You may decide based from the functionality of the lanyards, badge reels, and attachments. You may also consider the appearances of these things as well as their durability and quality in general.

Lanyard Materials
1. Polyester

The common material used in making lanyards is polyester. Polyester lanyards are economical yet durable. They are soft and comfortable to wear. There are woven polyester lanyards and stitched polyester lanyards.

2. Nylon

Another material is nylon lanyards. These lanyards are glossy. Although more expensive than polyester, nylon lanyards can give your design an elegant and professional appearance.

3. Reflective bands

A special material, reflective band allows the custom lanyards to glow in the dark. Their functionality makes them stand out among the other materials.

4. Beads

Beads are not only for earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces; they are also for a unique and fancy lanyard. They come in different kinds including glass, seed, and the most popular, crystals.

5. Chains

Chains can make necklace and lanyards two-in-one with the help of detachable lanyard attachments. You can use them in school to hold your identification card and in gatherings as a fashion accessory.

Custom lanyards’ Attachments
1. Bulldog Clip

This is used in holding plastic badge holders which have horizontal slots. Press the clip to attach the badge. The clip will also allow your badge to be straight which made it perfect for identification cards. Your company or school security guards will not have trouble in checking your IDs.

2. Swivel Hook

It has a hook that opens for your badges and then closes. It is called swivel hook because the badge inserted in this attachment is swiveling. Swivel hook is also referred as metal J hook because of its curve that mimics the letter J.

3. Trigger Hook

It is also called lobster claw. Trigger hook is similar to swivel hook, as it has a tiny lever that allows the hook to open so you may insert your badges, keys, or other objects.

4. Detachable Plastic Hook

You have to detach this hook to insert or remove your ID badges. It also holds your badge straightly.

5. Lanyard Reel

This attachment consists of a square or a round reel, a cord, and a clip which is attached to the custom lanyards. Lanyard reels’ function is to keep cards close at hand and let them be stowed away after use.

6. Split Ring

This attachment is ideal in simultaneously holding different items like access cards, ID badges, and keys. Sometimes, a split ring is also used in holding eyeglasses.

7. Thin Plastic Hook

It holds badges straightly like other attachments. You just have to push in the clip slide to insert your badges or identification card holders.

8. Wide Plastic Hook

It works the same as a thin plastic hook, but it is wider.

9. Cell Phone Loop

It is basically a lanyard attachment design to hold cell phones, IPods, and other gadgets or electronic devices which have a feature that allows a flexible loop to be attached on them.

Badge Reels
1. Economy Round Badge Reels

Badge reels contain logos of products, companies, schools, or anything. They are usually placed between the lanyard and its attachment.

Economy round badge reels come in different colors and styles. Epoxy dome is applied to the logo to make it sheen. This badge reel goes well with a metal clip attachment.

2. Square Badge Reel

It allows the logo to look more elegant with its shape compared to a traditional round badge reel.

3. Logo Badge Reel

This is similar to round badge reel. It is however made larger to highlight the logo and make it well visible.

4. Carabiner Reel

This features a chrome metal border that has a modern shape. Carabiner reel is unique, durable, and stylish.

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