Tether or Lanyard, which one do I need?

Ah, good question! Both are used almost interchangeably. ISEA, the International Safety Equipment Association, has set forth a recommendation on the topic. Lanyards are to be used in Fall Protection for People. Tethers are for tools used to Prevent Dropped Objects.

So, to keep it simple:

  • Tether your Tools
  • Lanyards are Lifelines

For more information, check out the new ISEA 121 standard just published for public review and comment:


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