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.
While there are numerous creative ways a facility can employ floor marking, the following are among the most utilized applications.
It is critical to visually alert employees and visitors to certain areas that are potentially hazardous. Place floor marking in front of and around:
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.
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
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.
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.