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The Importance Of Proper Floor Marking

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

With the current state of the economy and many long standing businesses falling, companies must be smarter and more innovative to survive.  Every dollar counts, making workplace efficiency and safety more important than ever.

In the past workplace floors were painted in order to establish direction of workflow, proper aisle width, and hazardous areas.  Through constant traffic those paintjobs would eventually flake off and floors were left unmarked.  In the best cases this resulted in pathways and organization similar to those originally marked, but no longer as neat and maintained.  In the worst case, crucial pathways for machinery or people were blocked by goods left in inappropriate places, leading to inefficient workplace environments and disastrous escape routes in cases of emergency.  Fortunately painting lines is no longer the only option for such floor markings, as incredibly durable and effective floor tapes have been created to do the job.

Floor tapes come in a variety of colors, as well as striped versions to mark hazardous areas.  Inexpensively and efficiently companies can direct workflows in routes as simple or complex as their workplace needs.  Regardless of complexity, floor marking tapes clearly direct employees in the most efficient route available to complete their tasks.  Not only does this lead to an efficiency of movement, but repetition of routes leads to faster travel times between workplace locations. 

Many modern warehouses are without permanent structures within their walls.  When such vast floors are unmarked, goods end up in different locations each time, even if the difference is slight.  Space is used far less efficiently in these scenarios, and the time taken to find materials is greatly increased.  Without clearly marked vehicle paths, countless hours could be wasted when goods needed become unreachable by a forklift.  This is especially common when such vehicle paths were initially painted, as tire treads quickly wear them away. Floor marking tapes are unfazed by such constant traffic, and continue to clearly and brightly mark routes no matter how frequently they’re used.

Perhaps even more important than the efficiency of floor tapes, is the level of safety that they bring.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) deems that all flammable and combustible materials need at least three feet of aisle room.  All routes necessary for emergency exiting must be at least 28 inches wide.  These standards are impossible to maintain without clear floor markings, leading to not only huge increases in the number of accidents but in the number of injuries after each accident.  Injuries and damages caused by such a lack of markings should be deemed unacceptable by all businesses, as they are very easily avoidable.

Businesses that have taken the time to redesign their floor space and clearly marked them, have instantly reaped the rewards of their investment.  Employees with a clear knowledge of a now much tidier workplace perform at a higher level across the board.  Workers are more likely to put things back exactly where they belong, when they actually belong in an exact place.  Workplaces are kept cleaner and in turn safer, when each untidiness sticks out like a sore thumb, as opposed to just being one of a multitude of untidy things.  Most importantly employees can do their jobs safely and efficiently creating a workplace ideal to both employers and employees.

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