They say that, when talking about safety, it starts from the floor up. Others say that safely is an attitude. You are safe because the attitude of the workforce is a safe one. From the labourer on the floor to the pencil pusher in accounting, it should be safety first because that is the best way to ensure that everyone is protected in a place of business. These two opinions go hand-in-hand. One simply cannot become just another statistic.
In this article, we are looking at industrial floors and the absolute necessity of keeping clearly marked sections of flooring specific for particular uses. In emergencies, visibility is often a problem and that is why clearly demarcated floors are so vital.
The first of many ways to optimise your industrial floors and upgrade their safety is the use of safety and anti-fatigue mats. Ergonomic mats are non-slip and anti-fatigue mats that can be used in wet or dry areas. Similarly, electrically conductive mats are fantastic where workers pass static electricity. In addition, high visibility safety mats are a must for many industries. If, for the sake of argument, visibility is low, these mats become vital to denote special safety precautions that need to be taken.
Following this is the ever important floor marking tape. Some might scoff at such a simple way of keeping life and limb intact, but many a hazard can be sidestepped if marking tape is applied all over an industrial floor. Further, photo-luminescent tape is the first stop towards a safer working environment. By glowing brightly in the dark, this tape makes your egress and emergency doors visible to all. Clarity is a wonderful thing when emergency strikes.
Solid colour rolls is the next item on the must-have list. These types of tape make general work zones, access points and pesky forklift traffic lanes more visible and will keep pedestrians safe, and your work areas more organised and thus, more productive.
The last phase is solid colour footprints. These footprints are a fantastic way to indicate where different areas are located. This can also help pedestrians know where to cross forklift lanes and indicate emergency exits.
We all strive towards a safer, more productive tomorrow. By using our industrial floors to demarcate specific areas, and by enforcing the rules of safety, we can greatly reduce the accidents or even fatalities at our warehousing facilities.