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Is a Breakaway Lanyard or Non-Breakaway Lanyard Better?

Deciding if a breakaway or non-breakaway lanyard is better all depends on the application as well as the level of comfort.

Non-breakaway lanyards are often times more economical, but for certain job duties, a breakaway lanyard is going to be the most reasonable choice. The breakaways will typically cost a little more than the non-breakaways, and oftentimes, that might be the deciding factor on which one is the better buy.

Considering the Options

Price shouldn’t always be the deciding factor though. It is suggested to consider what kind of tasks the wearer will be performing before providing a badge holder to them. For instance, someone with an event pass might prefer the non-breakaway lanyard. This will ensure that the special VIP pass stays securely wrapped around the cardholder’s neck, whereas the breakaway might be a little easier to snatch away. So if you need a badge holder that stays secure and will save you money, consider the Standard Non-Breakaway Lanyards with a metal swivel hook ( 2135-3001, 30XX ) that comes in 12 different color selections at 32 cents each (quantity discounts available).

Lanyards for Correctional Facilities

Prisons and correctional facilities might want to consider the Triple Breakaway “No Choke” Safety Lanyard ( 2137-300X). This lanyard detaches in three separate places, making it perfect for snag sensitive environments as well as preventing any accidental choking incidents. These lanyards are available in three different colors and start off with a pricing of 68 cents per unit.

Watch how the Triple Breakaway “No Choke” Safety Lanyard works here.

Specialist ID, an ID badge and accessory distributor in the South Florida area, does not recommend lanyards where moving machinery or serious choking hazards exist. Founder and Co-Owner, Patrick Barnhill mentioned his experience attending a safety seminar where a correctional officer demonstrated how lanyards with a single breakaway point could be used as a weapon.

“If you have to use a lanyard in that environment, the Triple Breakaway is the way to go, but still, I don’t recommend anything around your neck if it’s a serious concern.” Barnhill said.

Barnhill strongly proposes the arm badge holder, as it stays tightly secure on your arm imposing no obstruction for hands-on responsibilities. Armband holders also pose no threat of being caught in machinery or interfering with typical duties of warehouse workers, security guards, active duty military, EMTs, etc.

To learn more about arm badge holders, read “Arm Badge Holders for Physically Active Jobs” here.

Other Jobs That Could Use Breakaway Lanyards

Other professions that could benefit in breakaway lanyards are bouncers, anyone working in schools including students, and with machinery. Yet again, the arm badge holder might be the better option for machinery work.

Barnhill said that many people like the breakaway, however, the standard lanyard is cheaper, so often times, purchasers will gravitate toward that option. Again, it all depends on what your application is as well as your purchasing budget. To view a list of all the lanyards that Specialist ID has to offer, view their online inventory here.

Finding Good Consultation

To say that one type of lanyard is better than the other wouldn’t be an entirely true statement. Depending on the type of work you’re doing, one might be better than the other. But that doesn’t mean that it is THE lanyard for ALL applications. The best way to really access what kind of lanyard will best meet the needs of your employees is to consult with the team at Specialist ID. We are available to answer any questions you might have regarding the right type of lanyard that will best suit your professional needs. Give us a call today at 1-800-380-6726 or contact us online.