Badge holders are essential not only to individuals but also to organizations. Most of the time, they are issued as many times as needed, but some organizations may issue these items only once or twice. Some may even impose rules and regulations to make sure that they are kept and used, violation of which may subject the bearer to certain penalties. As such, it is a must that these items are cared for properly.
It might sound that taking care of badge holders is a very simple task that even a grade school student can do. However, taking care of these items is different from taking care of lanyards and shirts. Because of the functionality that these holders provide to these users, it is essential that the way they work is not impaired by carelessness.
WAYS TO TAKE CARE OF HOLDERS
To take care of badge holders, a person must do the following things:
1. Use them to carry light objects
Badge holders are supposed to carry badges or cards. As such, they should not be used to carry heavy objects such as cellular phones. This is to prevent these items from breaking and losing the things they carry. It must be noted that such holders are not lanyards which can be used to secure all kinds of objects.
These holders, however, cannot also be used to carry very light items such as keys and locks. These items are important ones, and their security is a more important concern than their accessibility.
2. For retractable holders, never pull them beyond their limit.
When using a retractable holder, a person must not pull the lace beyond its limit. This is important to ensure that the item remains retractable. Doing otherwise defeats its purpose of being called a retractable holder.
A question arises as to what retractable holders can carry because of their limitation as to their tension. Many people, however, consider placing only their cards and light badges in these holders for their convenience. For instance, membership cards and emblems or membership coins are items which are usually placed in retractable holders.
3. Never soak a wallet or pocket badge holder in water.
Because some badge holders have their badges inside, it is a must that they are not soaked in water. This is important especially for holders that carry metal badges, such as those owned by law enforcement officers. To clean them, only use a moist piece of cloth in wiping the holder and the badge as well, if it can be removed.
The reason for not soaking the holder in water is because its strength and size decreases if such a thing is done. Leather which is soaked in water tends to contract. As such, the badge that was formerly placed inside it may not be able to fit once cleaned in that way.
4. Wear them only when required
Because badges need to be presented when entering an establishment or showing concrete authority, their holders must be worn only when required. For instance, employees may opt to wear it only when inside office premises, unless their internal policy requires them to wear it even outside. Also, law enforcement officers such as policemen are always required to wear their holders whether they are on duty or not. This is to ensure that people are dealing with a legitimate and authorized officer and not with impostors.
5. Treat them as personal property
These holders must be treated as personal property, such that when they are lost, utmost diligence must be used by its owner to locate and claim it back.
These must-dos are easy enough to follow and so, there’s no excuse not to take good care of your very own badge holder.