Visitor Lanyards

Visitor Identification

Any business or organisation that operates with a premises should be thinking about security and access for their building or workspace. It is increasingly important, especially with the increase in regulations regarding data and information, that any visitors your organisation can be easily identified as such, so that your employees and business or organisation stays safe.

Visitor badges can play an important part of your business’ security strategy. They are one of the most affordable and visible forms of identification, making them an excellent choice for businesses both large and small. However, one of the biggest problems with visitor ID badges is they either have to be pinned on, with the potential of damaging visitor clothing or kept in a pocket or bag, which does not help with easy accessibility or visibility.

Lanyards are a hugely popular alternative. Cheap to purchase, even customised with a business brand, they are the perfect solution for businesses and organisations to help keep your premises, employees, and visitors secure.

But how can visitor lanyards play a prominent role in keeping your staff safe without a negative impact on the experience of your visitor?

Security & Safety

Visitor ID can play a prominent role in keeping your building and staff secure. If all visitors are required to wear an ID badge, it is easier to identify those that shouldn’t be there. This can give your employees a sense of safety and allows security to quickly take action should there be a person trespassing. By using a visitor lanyard with a lanyard ID holder or badge holder, this makes sure any required information is easily visible to staff.

In business, you may have a variety of visitors that require various levels of security. By assigning certain areas of your workspace with a specific “colour,” then customising your visitor lanyards with assorted colours or branding/text in relation to the different areas and giving your visitor the complementing lanyard and visitor badge, you can enable your security or employees to quickly identify whether a visitor has the correct level of access.

Both your lanyards and visitor badges can be customised with both design and information. You many want to consider the following options for visitor badges:

  • Basic information such as name and the reason for visit are a basic requirement for ID badges.
  • If you are in highly secure building, the level of access and security clearance for each visitor should be added to your visitor identification cards.
  • If you can acquire a photo in advance of a visitor visiting your premises, then this is a useful feature to have and provides a visual identification for staff and security in your building.
  • If you don’t mind the extra expense, you can have encoding features such as watermarks, UV printing or magnetic strips put onto your visitor badges, although these may be more applicable in high security industries where sensitive data may be accessible.



In order to improve your visitor experience and make them feel welcome, it is a good idea to customise your visitor lanyards with your business branding or logo.

Having your logo or branding on the accessories you use to hold visitor badges, such as a lanyard badge holder, or lanyard ID holder and the actual ID itself, not only works for identification purposes so that your visitors are easily spotted, but if your visitors wear them when leaving your premises, it increases the amount of exposure to potential new business.

Company branding on your visitor lanyards and ID badges can also make your business appear official and professional to visitors, and your lanyards and may form the first impression of your business a visitor may have, so it is important to get your custom lanyard design right.

If you want your visitor lanyard to also serve a promotional purpose, then there are few things you need to bear in mind when choosing your lanyard and design.

  • Keep your design simple. Sharp contrast designs are favourable, whilst any text needs to be easily read and your brand to be identifiable at a distance. Successful designs have minimal but bold elements.
  • Don’t use logos, text and branding that cannot be easily scaled down to the size of a lanyard. Although straps can be customised slightly by width and length, you need to bear in mind comfort for the wearer, so a clever design is usually better than having to alter the width too much.
  • Consider comfort. As you want your visitors to associate your business with a positive experience, you want your lanyards to be as comfortable as possible. So make sure you choose a nice material such as Flat weave nylon.
  • With a focus on climate change, you may want to consider choosing an eco-friendly option to reduce your carbon footprint and waste. This has the added benefit of appealing to your green conscious clients and customers.
  • Think about the accessories you want to use to hold your visitor identification, read our blog on Lanyard Accessories and attachments if you need advice on ID badge holders.
  • Always choose a lanyard with a safety breakaway. Here at Only Lanyards, all our lanyards come with a safety break.


If you are thinking about buying either visitor lanyards or lanyard ID holders for your business or organisation, then please get in touch with us here at Only Lanyards. As well as lanyards to increase security, or to improve visitor experiences, we also have a full range of designer lanyards if you are looking for something a little bit special and we have a custom lanyard range to accommodate your own branding and any information you would like to be prominently displayed.

Not only do we have a fantastic range of visitors lanyards and accessories, but if you cannot find what you are looking for, then you can contact us for a personalised quote on amounts and sizes, and we are happy to send you samples before you make your choice.

If you are interested in purchasing lanyards or accessories for yourself or your business or event, then we would love to hear from you. Even if you are unsure of what it is you would want or require, we can guide you through the process. Feel free to contact us directly by phone on 01765 233 144 or by email at