Apex Safety Spotlights address warehouse safety solutions and tools that are smart and easy to apply but can sometimes be overlooked in busy facilities. As far as the Apex team is concerned, anything that promotes safety and enhances productivity is worth knowing about, so we are shining our spotlight straight down to… your warehouse floor.
You already know that it’s required to provide proper signage throughout your facility, but applying that concept more broadly, it’s also important to include helpful floor markings as part of your signage ensemble.
Warehouse Floor Stripping Advantages
- Promotes warehouse efficiency
- Enhances warehouse safety
- Directs traffic flow & speeds
- Reminds workers of safety hazards and required PPE
Floor striping is a cost-effective way to denote pedestrian vs vehicle traffic, mark workstations, organize bulk storage areas, highlight hazardous materials, protect utility and stationary equipment areas, and more. Floor striping supports the tenants of the 5S methodology for maintaining a clean, uncluttered, safe, and organized facility focusing on reducing waste and optimizing productivity. The better your team can navigate the workspace the more efficient and productive they will be.
What Does OSHA Have to Say About Floor Striping?
OSHA includes few specifics pertaining to marking floors within the Materials Handling and Storage standards section of their guidelines. Specifically, OSHA says, “Permanent aisles and passageways shall be appropriately marked.”
Further clarification offered by OSHA notes:
- Floor marking lines must be at least 2″ wide to ensure maximum visibility, though the agency recommends lines to be 2″ to 6″ wide.
- Aisles should be at least 4′ wide, or at least 3′ wider than the largest piece of equipment used in the aisle.
With that guidance and direction, typically lines (either solid or dotted), shapes and words are applied to the concrete floor using these popular methods:
- Embedded – most durable
- Shot blasted – more cost-effective & durable
- Direct epoxy – paint-applied (non-permanent solution)
- Floor tape – economical and non-permanent
Color guidance provided by OSHA is also helpful but not overly specific. Red and yellow should indicate fire-related hazards and physical hazards, respectively, but yellow can also be used for marking aisles and passageways. From that point, facilities are free to implement a simple or more elaborate color-coded safety grid, if necessary. OSHA recommends using colors in a consistent way throughout the facility.
A warehouse safety inspection and audit would help identify potential safety concerns in your facility. The Apex Rack Repair App and Safety Program is a great place to start if you’d like to get started.
Download the Free Apex Rack Repair App from Google Play or the App Store onto your smartphone or table and conduct a guided inspection of your warehouse rack and facility. You will be prompted to take pictures of rack damage or safety concerns and record all the critical specs to enable quick repairs.
At the completion of your inspection, the Apex PROs will review your results and provide expert recommendations or repair kit pricing.
If you’d prefer to simply let the Apex PROs handle your inspection, we can do that. Just give us a call. Our PROs are trained, certified, rack and safety inspectors and they will come to you.
Whether we perform your audit, or you handle it yourself using the Apex Rack Repair App, we guarantee an independent, unbiased report plus repair or replacement solution, if needed. Try it today!