Floor marking is a tricky subject in many factory and warehouse environments. To make the process easier, we’ve created a simple but comprehensive guide to floor marking. If you work in any kind of industrial environment, we highly recommend reading on to find out what you might be doing wrong in your workplace.
What are the benefits of floor marking?
Certain floor markings are required by law, but it also makes perfect sense to implement a full colour-coded system for many more reasons, some of which could also boost your profits! A few of the main benefits include:
If you choose lane marking tape or hazard warning tape to implement your system, these are both durable, long-term solutions while still being easy to apply, remove and change if necessary.
What does the law say about floor marking? This is a great question, and the answer may vary depending on your country. Different health and safety regulators offer different advice on this subject. In the UK for example, HSE (the Health and Safety Executive) is the relevant authority on health and safety in the workplace. In its guidelines, HSE refers Regulation 17 of the Workplace Regulations (1992), which only states: “All traffic routes shall be suitably indicated where necessary for reasons of health or safety.”
HSE also indicates that lane markings should be continuous lines (“preferably white or yellow”), but the exact requirements are not too specific. We highly recommend doing some research to check what the law says in your country before deciding exactly what you need to mark out and what colours you might use. What do the different colours mean? Although in most countries there are no strict laws determining which colours you should use to denote certain hazards or lanes, many industrial workplaces tend to use similar systems which might be helpful to refer to. For example, different coloured foil tapes are usually used to mark the following areas: The colours above can be used interchangeably as long as the system being used is very clearly communicated to all workers so there is no confusion. For hazard markings (lines with diagonal stripes), the colours are more universal so you should stick to the following meanings:
How can I implement a floor marking system?
After checking which laws and guidelines are relevant to your workplace, you’re ready to define the system you will use in your workplace. We recommend following these best practices:
What’s the best way to apply lane marking tape?
Once you’ve defined your colour-coded plan of action, you’re ready to start applying your tape. Here we have a few more useful tips to consider:
Advance recommends… Advance offers specially-designed products for this purpose: AT8 Lane Marking Tape (https://www.advancetapes.com/products/at8/) and AT8H Hazard Warning Tape (https://www.advancetapes.com/products/at8h/). Both offer a range of features which make them ideal for floor marking:
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