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Why is a 5s Marking program important?
Putting a standard for 5S floor marking into place is a very important factor in the success of your 5s program. 5S floor marking standards keep everything in place and easy to find, creating locations and a home for each item in your workplace.
5S Floor marking creates a way for communication safety to your workers. The fastest way to communicate a standard is using color, but using color communicates can create a limited amount of information. By using images or text you can communicate the most information at once. The use of shapes and symbols are two other methods commonly used in the workplace.
Industrial Floor Marking Tapes are a simple, fast and inexpensive way to mark aisles compared to painted lines that can easily chip, peel, or crack especially in areas with heavier traffic. There is also a lot of downtime with painting having to close down an area and allow to dry before use again.
OSHA’s general requirement for aisles and passageways is that "sufficient safe clearances" must be provided where mechanical equipment is used. The width required does vary depending on how the area is utilized in the facility. As areas that use forklift and truck traffic will need to be wider than areas for pedestrian traffic. A good average size for aisle marking is 36".
Inside storage rooms containing flammable and combustible liquids, aisles must be at least 3 feet wide, and for emergency exit access points, 28 inches is the minimum allowed width.
Floor Tape Width
The required minimium width for facility aisle and floor marking tape lines is 2". Any width above that is considered acceptable by OSHA and ANSI. Typical applicatiosn use tape from 2" - 6" wide.
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, more 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.