Floor Marking Tapes
GEToolbox floor marking tapes
The shop floor is the bustling hub of manufacturing activity, where employees work, equipment resides and forklifts travel. This dynamic environment, however, carries the risk of worker accidents. One effective way to prevent such incidents is to use floor marking tape to clearly mark traffic routes and walkways, as required by occupational health and safety guidelines.
Taking it to a higher level, the introduction of an extended floor marking system incorporating Lean and 5S principles, visual workplace concepts and standardised colour coding will significantly improve workplace safety and work efficiency.
Streamlining processes with a standardised floor colour coding system
A standardised colour scheme for floor markings helps employees associate specific colours with different areas or activities. This allows them to quickly navigate the facility, perform tasks efficiently and locate the tools/equipment they need. The benefits of a colour-coded floor marking system include:
Highlighting important information:
The commonly accepted yellow floor tape used to highlight walkways and exits clearly identifies the safest routes within the facility. This promotes pedestrian and forklift safety and provides guidance in case of emergency.
Organising plant areas through visual management: By establishing a standard and using a specific colour tape or paint to mark raw materials (WHITE) and designated finished goods storage areas (usually GREEN), employees can easily identify when raw materials are not in the correct location, which helps keep the plant organised.
Provide critical information where it is needed: consistent hazard marking with bright colours (e.g. RED/BLUE to mark electrical equipment, fire and work safety areas or YELLOW/BLACK to mark areas that are isolated or hazard areas) provides important work safety information directly where it is most relevant and needed.
Increase employee efficiency: when employees know the designated colour of each storage area, they can quickly find what they need, reducing search time and improving efficiency. If you need help knowing which colour is used for what, download the GEToolbox 5S colour code chart.
Regulations and standards
Although the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations require clear marking of permanent corridors and passageways, there are currently no generally accepted industry standards for floor marking colours. However, many relevant standards for workplace visual appearance require or assume the need for marking and colour coding.
In summary, the implementation of a comprehensive floor marking system that is consistent with Lean principles and the 5S method used in industry, visual workplace standards and the Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines can greatly improve safety and operational efficiency at the plant floor level.
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