Simple lanyards made of braided fabric with a clip attached to the end are used frequently in retail and business situations for holding ID or name badges. The typical arrangement is to attach a plastic pouch with at least one clear side to the lanyard, with the person’s name or ID badge facing the front and occasionally small items such as business cards, pens or tools stashed behind the badge for easy access. Such lanyards can also be used as keychains, particularly in situations where keys can easily be lost for lack of storage, such as gyms and public pools.
Lanyards are commonly used to display badges, tickets or ID cards for identification where security is required. Many public places such as hospitals, prisons and some schools as well as public gatherings such as pop concerts, conventions and trade fairs as well as many commercial enterprises.