Well-chosen tool lanyards make tasks that include working at height safer and more efficient, which is why it is imperative to select a lanyard that suits the worker, tool and tasks involved.
When tool lanyards obstruct an employee’s efforts, it often results in frustration, lower productivity standards or becoming non-compliant with health and safety standards. Furthermore, an unsuitable lanyard can become a hazard if it’s the incorrect length, or has an inadequate load capacity.
How long should an appropriate lanyard be?
Tool tethering equipment should be long enough to provide sufficient reach and mobility, but not long enough to become a potential trip hazard. In order to stay safe, choosing the shortest practical length, considering any work happening below, is a good rule of thumb. Retractable lanyards can also be a useful tool for keeping optimum length in a range of different work scenarios.
Is the lanyard comfortable to use?
Selecting a lanyard that is comfortable is a crucial factor in compliance. Make sure the lanyard is lightweight, easy to use and comfortable to wear. Employees can be carrying multiple tools, so equipment adding unnecessary weight or bulk can become a hazard.
Is the tool single or multiple use?
If you are using tools repeatedly on a job, they need to be accessible. Lightweight, multiple use hand tools can be tethered using a wristband lanyard. However, if a tool is needed on a less frequent basis, attaching it to a tool belt or bag is a more suitable option.
How heavy is the tool?
Always check that your lanyard has sufficient load capacity for the tool. Using a lanyard with a heavier load rating than required is permissible, but using one with an appropriate weight range will help to reduce bulk and loss excess weight.