Floor Marking Guide
Why mark your floors?
Utilized 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 for workers and visitors to understand.
Because it relays important information at the location and time it’s needed, floor marking creates a safer, more efficient facility.
In many cases, floor marking lines are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other government agencies.
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 (floor marking guidelines). Click on the image on the left to get the guide.
Floor marking applications
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:
- 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.
- "Open pit" or tripping hazards (these are the most common floor marking-related OSHA violation)
Many facilities utilize floor marking in product and material storage areas to communicate to employees where they can find what they need. These markings can be temporary for holding areas where products in various stages of production are kept or permanent for long-term storage areas that house finished products or raw materials.
Considered a key component of the5S process in lean manufacturing, this application of floor marking yields gains in efficiency and safety by reducing worker confusion.
Placing outlines around equipment and tools is another common application of floor marking.
An example of this is placing white tape around the base of portable tools or machinery to indicate its proper location. This eliminates the time employees would waste searching for needed resources. Outlining machinery also enhances safety because the line can indicate the reach of the machine’s components and the space it needs to operate.
The most common application of floor marking is pedestrian and vehicle pathway markings. Forklift collisions with workers are a major cause of workplace fatalities and are a clear indicator of the importance of clearly marked traffic routes.
Marking emergency exit routes using directional arrows and photoluminescent lines is also crucial for safety. If done properly, floor marking will allow employees and visitors to easily navigate your facility with no training.
Floor markings are a visual communication tool with many applications. They can be used to communicate about where operators should stand while using a tool or machine, what areas employees must avoid, and where smoking is allowed. The need for thoughtful and creative visual communication exists whenever and wherever important information needs to be conveyed.