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Look for quality in these features when selecting a lanyard

  • WEBBING: Webbing must be strong enough to endure rough use and exposure to sunlight and other elements, without tearing or fraying. Nomex /Kevlar webbing should be used for applications such as welding or arc flash hazards. Webbing may also be coated with polyurethane for protection against grease, oil and grime. Cable lanyards offer extra durability and are ideal if you're working in abrasive or high-heat environments.
  • IMPACT INDICATORS: Impact indicators let you see if a shock absorber has been involved in a fall. Once an energy absorber has been deployed, the lanyard must be removed from service immediately and destroyed.
  • CONNECTOR/HOOK: DBI-SALA patented snap hooks are popular because they allow one-handed use and won't pinch your thumbs or fingers. Lanyards can also be fitted with larger hooks or carabiners, for connection to larger anchorages.
  • LENGTH: The standard lanyard length is 6 ft. (1.8m), but both shorter and longer length lanyards are available. A lanyard should be long enough to be user-friendly, but kept as short as possible to minimize the free fall distance.
  • SHOCK ABSORBER: Lanyards used as part of a personal fall arrest system must contain an energy absorbing unit that limits fall arrest forces during a fall to less than 1,800 lbs. (8kN). Most designs keep forces below 900 lbs. (4kN) for added safety. Shock absorbers come in pack or tubular styles depending on your preference.