Tool Lanyard Guide

Learn about Tool Lanyards

New to tool tethering? Need to learn more about tool lanyards? Our quick guide to choosing the right lanyard provides all the information you need to get on the road to a Drop Free Workplace, safely and simply.

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There are 3 Factors

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Tool Lanyard Load Rating  Tool Lanyard  Tool Lanyard Connector


Load Rating

Consider the weight of your tool

The first factor to consider is the weight of the tool and check that it is compatible with the capacity of your tool lanyard. Review the individual weight of each tool before moving onto the next factor. Bear in mind you can always use a lanyard with a heavier load rating, but finding one with same weight range as your tool will give you the most comfortable and efficient experience. 

All of our lanyards are categorised into the following load capacity ranges:

Load Rating Categories

We also have a heavy duty tool lanyards category for lanyards with more than a 10kg load rating. These are specially designed for use with large equipment and a fixed anchor point or rail.

Load Rating Tags


Lanyard Options

Understanding the clearance, reach and snag hazard

First you should determine how much clearance you need between the anchor (eg. your workbelt or harness) of your lanyard and the nearest sensitive surface, object or person below. Also determine how far you can reach or need to reach to complete the job, so that the lanyard will extend far enough. You should choose the shortest lanyard that is practical for the task as this will minimise the dynamic force should the tool be dropped. If you are working in a confined space or other area where the excess slack will become a snag hazard, you will want to look for a coiled or retractable lanyard.


Types of tool lanyards

Bungee Lanyards

Bungee Tool Lanyard for Working at Height

Sometimes called a stretch lanyard, the bungee tool lanyard is the most popular of its kind because of its versatility. With high durability and multiple connector options, it is a simple and economical way to get started with tool tethering. Also available with modular quick connect buckles so you can work with multiple tools from a single lanyard.


Coiled Lanyards

Coiled Tool Lanyards to stop dropped objects

The coiled tool lanyard is the ultimate in strength and durability. Many are built from ultra-strong aircraft cable and use a durable vinyl coating to make them easy to clean. Thanks to their compact design, they naturally stay out of the way making them the perfect choice for workbelts or wristbands.


Webbing Lanyards

Heavy Duty Webbing Lanyards

The are a number of different webbing lanyards, ranging from lightweight non-conductive options to heavy-duty lanyards with a massive 36kg load rating. Available with swivel connectors to make them tangle resistant or oversized carabiners if you are working from a rail or fixed point.


Retractable Lanyards

Retractable Tool Safety Lanyards for Confined Spaces

We have a number of patented retractable tool lanyards that are both convenient and super strong. Either built into tool holsters or stand alone, they lock into place at the desired length allowing you to complete the task and then tuck away neatly when you are done. All this, without any recoil - that black thumb is now a distant memory.


Wrist Lanyards

Wrist Tool Lanyard Tethering System

Wrist lanyards or wristbands are an easy way to tether tools and prevent dropped objects. Adjustable wrist lanyards use a hook and loop system to adjust, whereas pullaway wristbands feature an elastic strap that conforms automatically to your wrist size. The pullaway version is designed for work environments near or with moving machinery, allowing it to be quickly removed.


Helmet Lanyards

Hard Hat and Helmet Lanyards to stop dropped PPE

An elasticated helmet lanyard allows you to easily and comfortably secure your hard hat, or other headwear, from falling. Quick release buckle or clamp options mean they can attach to just about anything and have a maximum safe working capacity of almost 1kg.


Connector Options

How the tool is used

Loop vs Carabiner

Carabiner vs Loop

Loop - Fits through a large variety of connection points (captive hole or closed handles) on tools but does not connect or exchange quickly.

Carabiner - Allows for quicker connection and exchange but will normally require a tether point to be retrofitted to the tool first.


Carabiner Security

Here are the most common versions of locking and non-locking carabiners that you will find on a tool lanyard:

Tool Lanyard Carabiner Security 

A - Single Action Non-Locking - Least secure, fastest connection

B - Double Action Self Locking - Secure, quick connection

C - Manual Locking Screw Gate - Secure when locked by worker

D - Triple Action Self Locking - Most secure, slower connection

Also note that the carabiner should never be detachable from the lanyard itself. All NLG lanyards include a security pin or closed attachment point to prevent incorrect use.


Connector Material

Choosing the best connector material is dependent on your work environment. Some require non-conductive options, others corrosion-resistant connections and others call for the lightest option available.

Tool Lanyard Connector Material 

A - Non-Metal - Non-Conductive, Non-Marking, Non-Sparking

B - Aluminium - Lightweight

C - Stainless Steel - Corrosion-resistant

D - Swiveling Design - Anti-Tangle, Ideal for rotating tools


Now you are equiped with an understanding of tool lanyards, you will be able to choose the best lanyard for your tool, task and work environment. If you want to learn more about preventing dropped objects or where tool lanyards fit into Never Let Go's simple 3 Step Tool Tethering Process, check out these resources or just give us a call. We are on hand to support you.

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