Why You Should Use Breakaway Lanyards

Why You Should Use Breakaway Lanyards

A lot of companies and organizations use lanyards as an easy way for employees and students to display their secure ID badges and cards. They’re convenient, they’re accessible, and they come in a variety of colors and styles. But sometimes, lanyards can be dangerous.

When is a Lanyard Dangerous?

When you think about the situations that lanyard might become a hazard, it becomes obvious they would be dangerous for those who work close to heavy machinery and large equipment. Anything in your production line or in your factory that a lanyard could become entangled with can cause injury or harm to your employees.

What might not be so obvious are the inherent risks to those who work with children and to the children in their care. A lanyard can get caught around a child’s neck easily, causing harm. Young children who are required to wear student IDs on a lanyard can also easily get it caught while running and playing on the playground or elsewhere.

Other instances when wearing a lanyard could be dangerous include working in hospitals, nursing homes, psychiatric wards, and prisons. Any work environment where the threat exists of employees or others becoming aggressive should reconsider using traditional lanyards. A cord around your neck in these situations can become a life-threatening object in the hands of the wrong people.

Breakaway Lanyards are the Answer

If safety is an issue in your workplace, either for your employees, your customers, or your students and children in your care,breakaway lanyards are your best option. They come in a variety of styles, but most have some type of apparatus that gives way or opens when the lanyard is grabbed or caught on something.

Breakaway lanyards can have a plastic clip that sits at the nape of your neck and gives way when the lanyard is yanked. Others have rubber breakaways lower down on the cord that release when pulled on. What these safety lanyards all have in common is a quick-release clasp that opens easily to prevent choking.

How to Attach an ID to a Breakaway Lanyard

You have even more options when it comes time to attach your security ID badge or card to a breakaway lanyard. You can choose a breakaway lanyard with the following attachment possibilities:

  • Card clamp. This is a metal clamp that connects to a slot in the top of your ID card and secures it to the lanyard.
  • Plastic hook. A simple plastic hook attaches to the slot and is easy to use.
  • Swivel hook. This is usually made of metal and features a simple hook that swivels on its base. This is a great option when you have 2-sided cards.
  • Split ring. A split ring is often used when you have keys you also need to connect to your breakaway lanyard.
  • Badge reel. This usually has a clamp on the end and is great for cards that need to be inserted into readers or swiped.

The IDSecurityOnline Difference

IDSecurityOnline offers 9 different types of breakaways lanyards, so you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.  Click here to take a look at our supply of breakaway lanyards. Or call one of our experts today to discuss your needs and your budget.

Each of our breakaway lanyards can be ordered in bulk to help you reduce costs and keep a supply of lanyards on hand. Whether you need breakaway lanyards for employees, customers, or children in your care, we have the perfect solution for your requirements.