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Introducing Rigid Hazard Tape & Heavy Duty Floor Marking Overlaminate

By Sally Murdoch

Caution colors of yellow and black warn of danger on floors and in nature

Smaller than a penny, the yellow-banded dart frog packs a powerful punch that can kill or impair an animal or human many times its size. The frog's yellow and black exterior secretes a toxin that when touched, can interfere with its victim's nerve impulses, leading to fibrillation or heart failure. A wise human or animal will see the frog's striking colors of yellow and black, note the warning colors, and take cues from nature's dangerous hues.

Similarly, a March 2016 article in Tedium pointed out that the development of what we now refer to as caution tape, started from yellow as the decided internal warning color base in 1968. World leaders met in Vienna to discuss standardization for warning signs on roads. With the support of the United Nations, the resulting treaty put international guidelines in place, such as “Signs indicating temporary conditions such as road works, diversions or detours may have orange or yellow ground with black symbols and inscriptions,” which set the course for road and sign rules around the world. The U.S. followed suit with lines and road signs designated as yellow and black.

PathFinder Rigid Hazard Tape

Rigid aisle hazard tape, new from Graphic Products, communicates warnings clearly with durable, striped hazard tape. Coming in four combinations, including the aforementioned yellow and black, it also comes in black and white, white and green, and red and white. PathFinder Rigid Hazard Tape may serve as a good solution in satisfying OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.22(b)(2) covering Marking of Aisles and Passageways.

black & yellow stripe aisle tape

The colors correspond to the following OSHA-required applications:

  1. Red /white for Fire Prevention and Protection Equipment
  2. Black /white for Housekeeping and Aisle Marking
  3. Green /white for Safety and First Aid
  4. Black /yellow for Caution and Potential Physical Hazards

While many companies offer floor marking tape, Graphic Products’ PathFinder Rigid Hazard Tape is made with the same ultra-durable material as standard aisle tape, which go the extra mile beyond painted lines or vinyl tapes. These work hard to provide maximum durability under pressure, with a tough PVC tape and gloss coat to provide extra strength and visibility. This durable tape withstands heavy forklift traffic, including braking, turning, and dragging.

Other benefits to using this rigid floor marking tape are:

  • Applications to various industrial surfaces, including polished concrete, epoxy, and vinyl composition tiling
  • May be used in rooms with temperatures ranging from zero to 130F
  • Has reinforced rubber adhesive, and its beveled edge minimizes wear-and-tear

Reinforce Safety with Heavy Duty Floor Marking Laminate

Heavy Duty Floor Marking Laminate

Another new product in the Graphic Products arsenal is Heavy Duty Floor Marking Overlaminate, made with a smooth gloss finish for easy readability. This overlaminate is perfect for when your facility's floor marking needs an extra boost of staying power to be as effective as possible, now and for the long-haul. It can be applied over Printable Floor Marking Tape or DuraPav Floor Marking Tape, both compatible with the DuraLabel 9000, DuraLabel PRO 300, DuraLabel Bronco, DuraLabel Toro, and DuraLabel 4000 printers. Overlaminate increases the lifespan of the tapes while adding an extra layer of protection. It’s tested to survive heavy foot traffic and equipment travel on a variety of industrial surfaces.

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