Contents of the Productive Floor Marking Webinar:
- Why Floor Marking?
- Floor Marking and 5S
- Step-By-Step Floor Marking
- Lean Manufacturing and Kanban
- Visual Wayfinding
- Implementing Floor Marking
- Creating a Floor Marking Plan
- Making It Happen in the Real World
Excerpt from the Productive Floor Marking Webinar transcript:
Where to Go
One of the first popular applications for floor marking was to mark lanes of traffic — identifying pedestrian walkways, forklift paths, and so on, to keep people and products moving smoothly. This works just like the lines painted on a road, so many facilities borrow the familiar marking scheme for their own, indoor traffic marking: solid lines along a lane where traffic flows consistently, dashed lines where people or materials might enter or leave that lane, and a “stop” line crossing the flow of traffic where one lane intersects another. Some facilities even use a yellow line on the left and a white line on the right, where the direction of movement needs to be controlled, just like you’d see when driving to work.
The same ideas can easily be extended, though. Your facility might benefit from color-coding different areas or lanes, such as using the same color scheme for all forklift paths and a different color scheme for pedestrian paths. Where an existing color-coding system is already in place, it can be extended into floor marking, even going as far as “follow-the-colored-line” systems for common paths. Emergency exit routes are often highlighted with reflective or glow-in-the-dark markings to ensure that these important pathways are easy to follow in emergency situations.
Where Not to Go
Making it clear where people need to go is very important for a company’s safe and efficient operation. In many cases, though, it’s just as important (if not more important) to make it clear where not to go.
Where clearance needs to be maintained around equipment even when people pass nearby, marking that clearance with floor marking will make it obvious how far the “danger zone” extends. The same idea reaches from the swing area behind a door to the arc flash boundary around a piece of high-powered electrical equipment. Diagonal “hazard stripes” in alternating colors — typically yellow and black, or red and white — are common for outlining or filling in these “keep clear” areas. The same marking system can draw attention to trip or fall hazards, like the edges of a loading dock for trucks.
You can also use printed floor tape to mark areas where workers should not go without specific personal protective equipment, or PPE. Marking an area this way helps to remind everyone to stop and get their gear before they could be exposed to a hazard.
To learn how effective floor marking can improve your facility’s organization, efficiency, and safety, watch the full webinar on demand now!