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Floor Marking Guide

Floor Marking Guide

Introduction

Floor marking: Why?

Utilized now in every kind of professional facility, from small schools and gymnasiums to large, full scale manufacturing and chemical processing plants, strategically employed floor marking makes open space easier to understand for workers and visitors.

Because it relays important information at the location and time it’s needed, floor marking creates a safer, mo re efficient facility.

Whether you’re looking for ideas to improve existing floor marking, or designing a new floor marking strategy at your facility, this floor marking guide from Creative Safety Supply will be a valuable resource.

 
Included in this guide:
  • Common and creative applications for floor marking
  • Solution-based floor marking product recommendations
  • Helpful tips for floor marking
 

Applications

Floor marking applications

While there are numerous creative ways a facility can employ floor marking, the following are among the most utilized applications.

  1. Taped off Hazardous AreasHazardous Areas

    It is critical to visually alert employees and visitors to certain areas that are potentially hazardous. Place floor marking in front of and around:

    • Areas in a building that contain a known hazard, such as toxic chemicals, or potentially high concentrations of air born particulates.
    • Electrical panels
    • Potentially hazardous equipment or machinery.
  2. Floor Marking CornersProduct and Material Storage

    In order to easily and visually communicate to employees where to find what they need, as well as where resources should be placed or re-placed, many facilities floor-mark product and material storage areas. These can be temporary or holding areas for products in various stages of production, or long-term storage areas for finished product or raw materials.

    Considered a key component of 5S lean manufacturing strategy, this application of floor marking yields gains in efficiency and safety by reducing worker confusion.

  3. Floor Marking Corners Equipment and Tools

    The placing of outlines around equipment and tools is another often employed application of floor marking, and also falls under a 5S category. An example of this would be placing white tape around the base of portable tools or machinery to indicate it’s proper location. This eliminates employee time wasted in searching for needed resources. Safety is also enhanced as an outline of machinery will indicate the reach of it’s components and safe operational space requirements

  4. Floor Marking Traffic Routes Traffic Routes

    The most common application of floor marking is pedestrian and vehicle pathway markings. One indicator of the importance of clearly marked traffic flow and routes; forklift collisions with workers are a major cause of workplace fatalities.

    Floor marking emergency exit routes, including use of directional arrows and photo-luminescent lines is also crucially important, and can literally save lives. Properly done, employees or visitors will easily be able to navigate to safe egress with NO training.

  5. Workplace Communication Workplace Communication

    There are virtually no limits to the ways floor marking can be used for visual communication, such as marking ‘operator area‘ to indicate where a worker should be while performing a procedure or operating a machine or tool; marking ‘keep clear’ areas; ‘no smoking’, etcetera. The need for thoughtful and creative visual communication exists whenever and wherever critical or important information needs to be conveyed.

 
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