The modern warehouse is full of signs, stickers and tape these days. While we usually expect these to be hung up on walls, safety floor markers are also important, especially in workplaces operating forklifts or those that have employees working from a height.
Safety floor markers and floor signs can assist in anything from managing traffic to enforcing PPE usage, so discover how to use these versatile signs to keep your employees safe below.
Types of Warehouse Floor Stickers and How to Use Them
If there’s a warehouse function, there is likely to be a sticker for it. These stickers include:
When using these labels, place them where they’re likely to be seen by the greatest number of people. So, if you’re using a forklift sign, use it before the designated forklift area to give those walking ample time to read it, as well as enough time to check for traffic.
It doesn’t need to be too complicated – just ensure a floor sign is not placed in any blind spots. The key to figuring out how to keep a warehouse safe is enforcing a strategy that applies to everyone.
How, then, do you know if you’ve got a “good” floor sticker? All good floor signs must be used on clean, sealed floor surfaces. They are usually made of PVC construction with slip-resistant surfaces and a strong adhesive to withstand traffic flow. They also need to be resistant to most chemicals and cleaning products, to prevent fading over time.
ISO 7010 Colour Coding
All safety floor markers adhere to ISO 7010 colour coding. This, along with the logo used, helps communicate the message of the label across language or cultural barriers.
These regulations break up floor stickers into five categories:
- Prohibition signs – circular, red and contain a diagonal line. For example, the “no smoking” sign.
- Mandatory signs – circular, blue and are normally related to protective equipment. For example, PPE signs.
- Warning signs – yellow, triangular signs that warn of hazards. For example, forklift signs.
- Safe condition signs – square, green signs that point to safety equipment or exits. For example, fire exit signs.
- Fire safety signs – red, square signs that point to fire-safety equipment such as extinguishers.
All safety floor signs must adhere to these design specifications. Otherwise, you run the risk of having signs that aren’t easily recognised in case of emergency.
Incorporate Floor Signs into Your Warehouse Today
Of course, floor markers exist to fortify already existing procedures, not to be your sole safety net. However, as a complementary tool, they are simply indispensable for a modern, fast-moving workplace.
Discover our full range of safety floor markers today.