Today, many manufacturing facilities and warehouses use floor marking as an affordable and versatile way to improve workflow. Proper, high-visibility floor markings allow employees to find tools and materials as needed and help organize and store materials in the most efficient way possible. But floor markings are about more than a way to save time and storage space. They’re also a way to prevent workplace accidents.
In many factories or warehouses, humans are operating alongside heavy machinery such as forklifts. Since each facility is different, they have their own unique safety hazards. Visible floor markings can point these out and are meant to complement the more general safety procedures that workers are aware of (and employers are required to follow). Properly applied, floor markings can also serve as an extension of the site’s visual communication. Some ways floor markings can improve safety include:
Separating human space from machine space. Forklift accidents are unfortunately uncommon in industrial settings. Floor markings can strictly separate spaces designed for the operation of machinery and walking and work areas so no collisions occur. Pre-cut markings in the shape of dots or footprints can lead workers and visitors down a safe path.
Showing building occupants the safe way out. All industrial and storage facilities should have a clearly marked escape plan should employees and visitors need to exit the facility in a hurry. Employers can have markings that optimize their emergency action plan by pointing out emergency routes and by warning workers not to block fire alarms, fire extinguishers or other flame suppressant technologies.
Keeping people out of hazardous areas. Floor markings in red, for example, can quickly and easily show employees and visitors which areas are safety hazards: areas near heat sources, industrial equipment, chemicals, pipes, fans, etc.
A reminder for personal equipment. Areas that require personal safety gear such as helmets and safety glasses, or clothing covers, can be marked out on the floor as a reminder for employees to double-check their safety gear before they enter the area.
Routes to a first-aid station. Also consider marking the way to first-aid equipment, such as first-aid kits, defibrillators, and eye wash stations so employees can find them in a minimum amount of time. Always ensure you keep these first-aid stations properly stocked with the necessary equipment. Medical supplies companies such as 1st Aid Supplies can keep your factory or warehouse’s first-aid kid stocked and ready to tackle on-the-job injuries. A healthy, well cared for the workplace is a productive workplace.