Improve Facility Safety with Strategic Floor Markings
Easily affordable and simple to implement, floor markings can be a great way to bring safety to new heights in your facility. If you want the best results, you can’t just start rolling your tape all over the place. Instead, you need to give the matter some serious consideration if you want to get the most out of your efforts.
First of all, you need to decide which type of floor marking will work best for you. Floor marking tape is the most popular option. Within this category, you can choose from several varieties to meet your needs, including reflective tape, anti-slip tape and even types that glow in the dark. Pre-cut shapes can make the job even faster. Other facilities find that paint works better for their environment. It’s easy to apply using roller tools, machines, or stencils, but you’ll need to account for drying time.
Don’t Forget OSHA Regulations
Another very important consideration is governmental regulations. You’ll need to look into the OSHA standards to ensure you don’t break any rules. For example, floor marking lines have to be at least 2 inches wide for visibility reasons, with anywhere inside the range of 2 to 6 inches being considered ideal. It’s better to familiarize yourself with these rules beforehand than to go in and re-do markings later on.
The use of floor markings easily extends beyond guiding people through facilities; they can also be used to help draw attention to hazards so they can be avoided. By using it to demarcate dangerous machinery or zones where falling objects might land, people will be on guard and accidents can be prevented. This type of tape should feature a unique pattern so that people can easily understand its meaning; black and yellow patterns are one of the most common choices.
Most importantly, be sure to use floor markings in a consistent way throughout your building and any other facilities belonging to your company so that everyone is on the same page.
This blog post was based off of an article from Creative Safety Supply. View the original here.