How Much Weight Can a Lanyard Hold?

We all know that lanyards are strong and can hold a lot of weight, but just how much weight can a lanyard really hold? We did digging and here are the results.

How much weight can a lanyard hold?

This is a difficult question. It depends on the lanyard, the object being held, and how it is being used. For example, if you are using a lanyard to hold your keys, the weight of the keys would not be a factor. If you are using a lanyard to hold a flashlight, the weight of the flashlight would be a factor. In general, a lanyard can hold quite a bit of weight, but it is always best to check with the manufacturer to be sure.

As a general rule of thumb, you can expect a fall protection lanyard to be able to hold up to about 200-400 pounds of weight of a person along with all tools and equipment in a fixed position. But this is just a general guideline. If you plan on carrying more weight on your lanyard, make sure to choose a strong material and/or a larger size. The weight a lanyard can hold also depends on the gate strength of the carabiners attached to the lanyard.

For example, here are several common fall protection lanyards of different types and their corresponding carry weights:

Lanyard TypeBrandLengthMaterialMax. Carry WeightTensile Break StrengthOSHA/ANSI Compliant
Rattler (Internal Shock Absorber) Single Leg 6ft. Safety LanyardKwikSafety6 feetPolyester310 lbs.5000 lbs.Yes
Self Retracting Lifeline RPW11 Web Single Leg SRL with Steel Snap Hook End Frontline11 feetPolyester310 lbs.5000 lbs.Yes
Double Leg 6 ft. Fall Protection Internal Shock Absorbing Stretchable Safety Lanyard with Snap & Rebar Hook Connectors WELKFORDER6 feetPolyester310 lbs.5000 lbs.Yes

The different types of lanyards

There are three main types of lanyards: woven, flat braid, and tubular braid. Each type has different benefits and uses. Woven lanyards are made of interwoven strands of material, typically polyester or nylon. They are strong and durable, making them ideal for heavy-duty use. These lanyards are also often used for promotional purposes because they can be printed with logos or other designs.

Flat braid lanyards are made of flat strands of material braided together. They offer a sleek look and are often used for decoration or to hold ID badges. These lanyards are not as strong as woven lanyards, so they are not suitable for heavy-duty use.

Tubular braid lanyards are made of tubular strands of material braided together. They have a round cross-section and are often used for keychains or other small items. These lanyards can also be used to hold ID badges, but they are not as strong as woven or flat-braid lanyards.

The benefits of using a lanyard

There are many practical benefits to using a lanyard. A lanyard can be worn in a variety of ways, including snug around the neck like a necklace, loose and hanging down like a scarf, or wrapped around the wrist like a bracelet. Lanyards are often used to display badges, tickets, or passes in a convenient way that avoids misplacing or losing them.

Lanyards are commonly used in settings where it is important to keep track of employee badges or other forms of identification. For example, many businesses require employees to wear their ID badges at all times while on the premises. Wearing a lanyard prevents badges from getting lost and makes it easy for security guards and other employees to identify authorized personnel.

Lanyards can also be used as safety devices to prevent injuries in workplaces such as construction sites or factories. For example, workers who operate machinery may wear lanyards attached to their clothing that will shut off the machine if the lanyard is pulled too hard, preventing them from being pulled into the machine by accident.

The dangers of using a lanyard

While lanyards are a convenient way to keep track of keys and ID badges, they can also pose a serious safety hazard. Every year, people are injured or even killed after getting tangled in a lanyard that was not properly secured. To avoid these dangers, it is important to use lanyards correctly and to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Here are some tips:

  • Never use a lanyard that is not specifically designed for holding keys or ID badges.
  • Do not attach more than one object to a lanyard.
  • Make sure the lanyard is the proper length for your needs. It should not be so long that it can reach floor level, and it should not be so short that it pulls tight when you move around.
  • Secure the lanyard to your clothing with a clip or pin, and do not wear it around your neck.
  • Inspect the lanyard regularly for signs of wear or damage, and replace it as needed.

The history of lanyards

Lanyards have been used for more than just personal safety in the event of a fall. Lanyards were originally designed to be worn around the neck and used as a holder for small items such as pens and keys. They were first introduced in the early 1800s, and their popularity has grown steadily ever since. Today, lanyards are widely used in a variety of settings, from workplaces to schools to trade shows.

Lanyards come in a wide range of colors, styles, and materials, but they all serve the same basic purpose: to keep your belongings safe and within easy reach and for physical protection while working at heights. Many lanyards also feature decorative elements such as beads or charms, which can be used to show off your personality or show support for a cause or team.

The different uses for lanyards

Lanyards are not just for holding ID badges or keys. In terms of this post, fall safety lanyards are made to protect individuals that work at height from severe injury in the vent of a fall.

However, they can also be used to hold cell phones, whistles, cameras, GPS units, and other electronic devices. In addition, lanyards can be used as an effective way to keep track of small tools and other items. The most common use for lanyards is to hold an ID badge or key card. Many office buildings require employees to wear their IDs at all times, and a lanyard prevents the ID from being forgotten at home or lost in a purse or backpack.

Cell phones are another common item that is often attached to a lanyard. This allows the phone to be easily accessible and less likely to be dropped and damaged. Whistles are commonly attached to lanyards worn by coaches and referees in order to have them readily available when needed.

Cameras and GPS units can also be attached to lanyards in order to keep them safe while hiking or participating in other activities. Small tools such as screwdrivers and flashlights can also be kept on a lanyard so that they are always within reach. If you have trouble keeping track of small items, consider using a lanyard as a way to prevent losing them.

The different materials used in lanyards

Lanyards are made from a variety of materials, including polyester, nylon, cotton, and yarn. In terms of weight capacity, the strongest lanyards are made from polyester and nylon. These materials can hold up to 10 pounds or more. Cotton and yarn lanyards are not as strong and can only hold up to 5 pounds.

How to make a lanyard

A lanyard can be a useful tool around the house, office, or workshop. It can be used to hold keys, tools, flashlights or other items that need to be kept within easy reach. Lanyards can also be used as decorative items, and are often worn at conventions or other events. You can make your own lanyard using a variety of materials, including string, ribbon, cord, or fabric.

Materials needed:

  • Scissors
  • Lighter (optional)
  • String, ribbon, cord, or fabric
  • Keyring or similar item Instructions:


1. Cut a length of string, ribbon, cord, or fabric that is about three feet long. If you are using fabric, you may want to seal the ends with a lighter to prevent fraying.

2. Fold the material in half and loop it around the key ring or another item that you will be attaching to the lanyard.

3. Pull the two ends of the material through the loop and pull tight. You may need to adjust the length of the lanyard so that it hangs comfortably around your neck.

FAQ’s about lanyards

Q: How much weight can a lanyard hold?

A: Lanyards are designed to hold light-weight items such as keys or ID badges. Depending on the type of lanyard and the materials used, they can typically hold between 1 and 5 pounds.

Q: Are lanyards comfortable to wear?

A: Yes, lanyards are designed to be worn around the neck and are typically made from soft, comfortable materials such as polyester or nylon. Some lanyards also have adjustable length options so you can find the perfect fit.

Q: How do I clean my lanyard?

A: Lanyards can be machine washed on a delicate cycle in cold water. If your lanyard has any metal hardware, it is recommended that you remove this before washing. Allow the lanyard to air dry completely before wearing again.

In Closing

In addition to their practical applications, lanyards can also be worn as fashion accessories. They are often decorated with logos or insignia and come in a variety of colors and materials. But how much weight can a lanyard actually hold? The answer depends on the material the lanyard is made of and the size of the lanyard.

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