Floor marking :
Warehouses and factories can be hazardous places due to the number of things that are going on at the same time there and the high amount of foot and forklift traffic. Aside from safety signs, another way to help create a safer environment for everybody is by using floor marking tape.
The floor isn’t just for walking on anymore! In warehouses, the floor offers great opportunities for improving visual communications through the use of floor markings. While floor markings have been used for many years, companies are now using them in new and innovative ways that are far more thought out than in the past.
When done properly, floor markings can be useful for people at every level of a company. It is important, however, to really think through how floor markings should be used in a facility. If they are applied without a good strategy, they can actually cause more problems than they fix
OSHA Floor Striping Standards… do not exist. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provide guidelines on how organizations can help improve the health and safety in warehouse and distribution centers. Warehouse floor striping allows companies to mark and identify aisles and passageways to be kept clear for safe operational workings and in the event of an emergency.
What Are Floor Markings?
Floor markings are any type of marking that goes on the floor. In ware houses they are commonly used to improve safety, efficiency, organization, and more. The first step in any good floor marking strategy is learning about the different types of floor markings available and what they are good for.
Types of Floor Markings
There are a variety of floor marking options to choose from. Each option is generally used in different areas or to accomplish different goals. Knowing all the available options for use in a warehouse is a great place to start for any floor marking strategy.
Different types of floor markings are best for use in different areas. Having a properly considered strategy for what to use and where can help ensure the floor markings will provide the needed results.
Floor marking Tape
Floor marking tape is one of the most popular options on the market today. Unlike traditional tape, this type is made using very strong materials such as vinyl and a strong adhesive to hold it to the ground. It can be used in high traffic areas and even run over with vehicles without any problems. Heavy-duty floor marking tape can last for years without having to be replaced.
Another thing many companies like about floor marking tape is its affordability. Companies can use this type of floor marking throughout the warehouse without breaking their budget. It is easy to install and can even be removed without much trouble if needed.
Normal Floor Marking Tape
This tape comes in a large roll that can be applied in straight lines. It can be put down by hand or using an applicator to speed up the process. This is a great option for aisle ways and other long, straight lines.
Colored Floor Markings
A tape’s color can change its meaning. An aisle with red tape, for example, could indicate the items found there are flammable. There are many ways different colors of floor tape can be used, depending on a warehouse’s needs.
Reflective floor marking
Reflective floor marking tape reflects light back at its source. This is a great option for use in areas where indoor vehicles with headlights are used. It can also be used outside at night to improve visibility
Glow in the dark floor Tape
For areas where lights are bright sometimes and dim other times, glow-in-the-dark tape is a great option. This tape absorbs light energy while it is bright out and then emits a visible glow when it is dark. This is an excellent option for use during power outages
Floor Marking Shapes/pattern
Floor marking shapes come in a variety of types including dots, footprints, and arrows. Having a large circle, for example, can be used to indicate where a trash bin should be placed. Arrows and footprints can direct people during an evacuation or instruct them to travel one way down a particular aisle
Floor Marking Paint
Floor marking paint can be applied directly to the floor of a facility. This type of paint has been used in warehouses for years and is often ineffective. It is more time consuming to apply than tape since it needs to dry, and the installation process in general is somewhat more difficult. It can also be difficult to apply when custom shapes or designs are needed. Unlike like floor marking tape, floor marking paint can be very costly.
Floor Marking Lights
A technologically advanced type of floor marking actually uses special lighting systems that project the desired marking onto the floor. This is a great option for temporary markings since they can be removed by simply turning off the projector.
Floor marking lights are more expensive than tape or paint, and the ongoing expenses are somewhat higher because the light bulbs in the projector need to be replaced periodically. This type of marking, however, can be projected into any area and is ideal for dark places.
Advanced floor marking light systems can be set up to display any image, including words, signs, and shapes. This makes this floor marking method one of the most flexible options available.
What color do you need?
Our floor marking tapes come in 13 different colors and communicate particular messages to your workers. To know which color would match your needs, please refer to the information below.
Yellow: Aisle ways, traffic lanes and work cells
White: Equipment and fixtures (workstations, carts, floor stand displays, racks, etc.) not otherwise color coded
Blue, Green and/or Black: Materials and components, including raw materials, work-in-progress and finished goods
Orange: Materials or product held for inspection
Red: Defects, scrap, rework and red tag areas
Red and White: Areas to be kept clear for safety/compliance reasons (e.g., areas in front of electrical panels, firefighting equipment and safety equipment such as eyewash stations, safety showers and first aid stations.)
Black and White: Areas to be kept clear for operational purposes (not related to safety and compliance)
Black and Yellow: Areas that may expose employees to special physical or health hazards
What Roll width do you need?
The floor safety tapes are available as 2″, 3″ 4″ and 6″ roll widths. 2″ is the minimum requirement of OSHA so these floor tapes are compliant.
Floor marking Advantage
Floor Markings for Safety
One of the most important ways to use floor markings in a warehouse is for improving safety. Floor markings are intended to be highly visible, so they can get people’s attention when other options aren’t effective. Facilities can use different colors or patterns for their floor markings to improve safety as well. As long as the strategy for improving safety using floor markings is well thought out and documented, it can be extremely effective.
Floor Markings for Efficiency
Improving the efficiency of a facility is extremely important. A warehouse that runs efficiently is more profitable, which is the end goal of any business. When employees waste their time trying to get things done inefficiently, it costs the company money.
There are many business strategies popular in manufacturing and warehouse facilities. One of the things many of these strategies have in common is the reliance on visual communication. There are few types of visual communication more effective than floor markings.