How to Use Safety Harness and Lanyard?

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Safety harness and lanyards are meant to keep workers safe while they perform different tasks that require working at heights. These devices allow the worker to access and do jobs that might otherwise be impossible or provide a great risk to the worker s safety. When you’re working at height and need to protect workers, you must make sure you have the right safety harness for your job. The safety harness and lanyard guide below takes you through the different activities like fall arrest, restraint etc, and types of fall protection equipment like lanyards and harnesses.

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What is a lanyard on a safety harness?

The lanyard is the part of the safety harness that holds the attachment point on the body. The lanyard is connected to the top of the harness at an attachment point and then goes down to a connector or webbing loop on the waist belt, which connects back up with another attachment point at the bottom of the harness.

It comes in different sizes and shapes depending on what kind of job you’re doing. For example, a fall arrest lanyard is designed to keep you from falling too far in case you slip off a roof or other high place. A self-retracting lifeline (SRL) keeps you from falling more than approximately 10 feet (3 meters). A shock absorber lanyard reduces shock when you fall by absorbing some of its energy.

  • D-ring lanyards – These are made with a metal ring on one end and a hook on the other end. These are usually made out of nylon or polyester material so they can be used with any type of work environment. You can also get them in different colors such as blue, green and red if you want to match them with your company’s color scheme or logo design on them as well.
  • L-hooks – These are designed much like D-rings, but instead of an actual hook on one end, there are two loops, which makes it easier to clip them on.
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What is the difference between harness and lanyard?

A harness is used to secure an object to someone’s body so that they can carry it without having to hold onto it with their hands. A harness may be used in many different situations, but it is most commonly associated with rock climbing and mountaineering where ropes are used to help climbers ascend steep rock faces. There are different types of harnesses, including chest and seat harnesses, which are used for different needs.

A lanyard is a long cord or strap that is typically worn around the neck or wrist for carrying keys or other objects. Lanyards are often made from leather or nylon cord, but they can also be manufactured out of metal chains or braided ropes. Lanyards are often attached to key rings so that users can easily clip keys onto them when needed, but some lanyards also have small pockets where users can keep other items such as wallets or credit cards safe while traveling.

Harness vs Lanyard

Both a harness and a lanyard are used to secure items to a person’s body or clothing. However, there are several important differences between them.

Harness Versus Lanyard: Difference 1

The main difference between a harness and a lanyard is that a harness is designed to bear weight and distribute it evenly across the body while a lanyard only secures an object but doesn’t bear any of its weight.

Harness Versus Lanyard: Difference 2

Another difference between a harness and lanyard is that while both can be used for climbing, only the harness is designed for climbing applications. A lanyard may be used for climbing but isn’t designed specifically for this purpose since it doesn’t have multiple attachment points like a harness does so it won’t distribute force as evenly across your body as a harness would if you were climbing with one on your back or around your waist area (where most climbers would wear their gear)

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How to properly use a safety harness?

The safety harness is a type of personal protective equipment that helps to prevent injury or death during work or play. The use of safety harnesses is commonly required for workers in dangerous industries such as construction, logging and mining. Safety harnesses are a great way to keep your employees safe while they work at heights. However, many people do not know how to properly use their harnesses. If the harness doesn’t fit properly, it won’t be able to do its job. It could make you fall or it could cause damage if it breaks while you are wearing it. Here are some tips that will help you learn how to properly use your safety harness:

1. Always make sure that the harness is properly attached before you start climbing.

2. Once your harness is on, make sure that all buckles and straps are secured and adjusted properly. This will help keep you safe if you fall or get knocked down.

3. Use lanyards to secure tools like chisels or hammers, so they don’t fly out of your hands when you’re working with them.

4. Make sure to keep your tools sharp and clean, so they can cut through material easily without damaging your gloves or injuring your hands in any way.

5. If at any point while climbing in your harness, you feel uncomfortable or unsure about something, don’t hesitate to stop what you’re doing and take a break until you feel more secure about continuing on with the task at hand!

When Do You Need To Wear A Safety Harness?

Safety harnesses are an important part of any worker’s safety gear. This is especially true for workers who have to climb or work at heights. In fact, OSHA regulations require that all employees who work at heights above six feet wear fall protection equipment that includes a body belt and lanyard whenever they are working from a ladder or scaffold. If you wear eye glasses or hearing aids in addition to glasses or contact lenses then you also need to use fall protection equipment (FPE) when working at heights over 10 feet.
Safety harnesses are designed to prevent falls and reduce the severity of injuries if they do happen. They’re also useful for attaching yourself to safety equipment such as lanyards and carabiners, which can also help prevent accidents from happening in the first place.
Even if you have never worn a safety harness before, it is important to know how they work and when they should be used. Here are some of the most common times you will need to wear a safety harness:

  • When working at heights
  • When working with tools that could fall on you
  • When working in areas where there may be an electrical hazard
  • When working with hazardous material
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What is the required height when using safety harness?

The required height when using a safety harness is dependent on what the person is doing and the type of harness. The minimum height requirement for the use of harnesses is 14 feet. However, if you are working above 14 feet, there are certain additional requirements that must be met in order to use a safety harness.

The key point to remember is that your harness must not become snagged or caught on anything while you are using it. This means that you must ensure that there are no obstructions between the anchor point and the worker (such as electrical wires or other objects) that may cause an entanglement hazard.

To ensure that this does not happen, OSHA requires that employers provide fall protection systems that are capable of supporting at least five times the potential impact force of an employee free falling from a specific height. This means if you work at heights between 10 and 15 feet, your fall protection system needs to be able to support at least 50 pounds of weight before it can be used safely.

The general rule for height is that it should be at least four feet higher than what it would take for your fall to kill you. So, if you fell off a three foot ledge, then your harness should be at least seven feet high so that it catches you before you hit the ground. But this rule is only good if your rope isn’t tangled or anything else happens where your rope may get stuck.

Types of Safety Harnesses and Lanyards

Safety harnesses are designed to keep you from falling if you lose your grip or footing. They attach to anchor points above your head and around your waist or chest (some have both). The straps can be made of many materials, including webbing, rope and wire rope. Safety harnesses include the following types:

  • Body Harness – This type is made up of straps that go around your waist, thighs and chest. It’s equipped with a D-ring for attaching a lanyard or other equipment. You can use it for working at heights or climbing steps.
  • Backpack Harness – This type looks like a backpack with two straps that go over your shoulders and around your waist. It comes with a chest strap, which ensures that it doesn’t slip off while you’re working at heights or while climbing stairs.
  • Chest Harness – This type consists of a strap that wraps around the chest area and connects the two ends through an attachment point located on the back (usually near the shoulder blades). If you need extra protection when working at height or climbing stairs, you can use this type because it has more attachment points than other types of harnesses currently on the market.

Lanyards are made of a cord that connects to a tool or object. They’re typically used by construction workers who must carry tools around their necks while they work. Lanyards include the following types:

  • As part of a fall restraint system, a fall restraint lanyard is used to ensure a worker cannot reach a fall hazard. An anchor connects one end of it, while a D-ring connects the other end to the full-body harness.
  • Lanyards used in Fall Arrest should incorporate shock-absorbing features, such as a shock-absorbing lanyard and self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) to minimize the forces applied to the user.
    Tip: The twin tail fall arrest lanyard has two tails and one energy absorber, allowing users to keep one leg connected to an anchor while disconnecting the other leg from another anchor. This means that the user is firmly attached to the structure, reducing the risk of injury.
  • Using a work positioning lanyard, you can support your body securely in place while working delicate tasks with both hands at elevated heights by attaching it to the side D-rings of your harness. Suitable for building pillars, trees, lattice constructions, etc.

The type of safety harness and lanyard you use will depend on the job you are doing, whether it is a construction site or in a manufacturing environment. It’s important to choose the right one because they can make a big difference in your safety as well as that of others.


More and more companies use harnesses and lanyards in their work process. Having the right equipment is essential when working at height. The harness and lanyard you choose needs to work in conjunction with the other items of your PPE kit; including a head torch, hard hat, gloves and footwear. As with any piece of kit, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and read the warnings and recommendations on how to use your safety equipment before beginning any activity at height.

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Arlen Wang

Arlen wang is the author of Anbu safety, he is the manager and co-founder of the Anbu Safety network. He has been in anbu safety company since 2008, with a working knowledge of personal protective equipment, and several unique skills related to the PPE industry.

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