How to Tether Tools and Use Tool Lanyards

How do you tether tools?

If you’ve read about tool tethering, you’ll have got the concept. So now you need to know how to tether your tools. We like to keep things simple, so here’s a simple process that will work every time.

We believe there are three parts to tool tethering:
1. Tool Tether
2. Tool Lanyard
3. Anchor


1. Tether Point
2. Lanyard
3. Anchor Point

Tether Point

The tether is the part that allows the tool to be connected. You can remember what a tether is by saying the jargon-beating ‘tether touches tool’. You can create a tether in a number of ways. The most common, and usually most effective, is to tape a ‘catch’ to the tool with self-vulcanising rubber tape. You can do this anywhere, without equipment, and it doesn’t spoil your tools.

Some tools won’t need a tether as they have a ‘captive hole’ – a hole manufactured into them that allows you to securely loop a lanyard through them. Sadly, very few tools come with this. You should also avoid anyone who tells you they can drill holes in your tools to create a tether point. If they do, they’ll void the warranty, wreck your tools for life and destroy their structural integrity. You have been warned…



The lanyard is the piece between the tether and the anchor point. It’s a crucial part of secure tethering. Pay particular attention to the load rating of your tool lanyard. All lanyards should be marked with a load rating. If yours isn’t, don’t use it. Lanyards can take many different forms, and each one has its own ideal environment. Choose your lanyard carefully according to the work you’re doing. Need a hand choosing your lanyard? Just give us a call.


Anchor Point

The anchor point is the immovable object – the workbelt, wrist wrap or harness that you attach your lanyard to, so that if it’s dropped it won’t fall. Which anchor point you choose depends on the weight of the tool you want to secure, the work you’re doing and the environment you’re working in.



So now you’ve no excuses when it comes to tool tethering.