Proper floor marking contributes to a safer working environment in warehouses, distribution centres and other industrial workplaces. It improves the visibility of hazardous areas, as well as helps to faster locate machinery and other tools. Additionally, floor marking works well with other marking systems, which can be missed otherwise. Overall, the combination of accurate and well-planned floor marking with signs and labels greatly improves safety and productivity.
Should You Use Paint or Tape for Floor Marking?
There are pros and cons to both of these methods of floor marking. However, tape is definitely the more commonly used method. It’s a fast and efficient way of marking various floor areas. Unlike paint, it doesn’t require dry time and there is no need to worry about spills. It’s also easier to create straight or curved lines with the tape. It might require a tape applicator, but paint needs much more extensive preparations, as well as additional equipment, such as brushes, rollers, protective masking tape and protective clothing. Tapes can be applied on various surfaces without previous preparation and can also be easily removed.
Hazard Warning Tape
To mark hazardous areas, use hazard warning tape, with diagonal stripes on it. They usually come in yellow and black or white and red and are ideal to mark obstacles and higher risk locations.
Single Colour Tape
Areas with traffic, such as where forklifts are operated, and pedestrian areas, should be marked with a tape of a single colour. These include white and yellow tapes for high visibility, but make sure you always take the floor colour into consideration.
Graphic Floor Markers
Floor markers with numbers and letters, as well as round, arrow or cross-shaped markers help with identification of bays, aisles and other areas in the warehouse. Graphic information on floor markers complements other signs in the area and can often be also used on walls as well as floors. These markers are very strong and robust and so are not easily removed. They also require smooth, clean and dry surfaces.