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Why warehouse line marking is crucial for workplace safety

Properly managing warehouse traffic is a vital part of ensuring the safety of your employees and an effective way to avoid risks associated with operating vehicles in a workplace. Vehicles are constantly moving, reversing, loading and unloading within warehouses and, as a result, are linked with many workplace injuries.

Installing line marking in your warehouse in order to separate vehicles from pedestrians is a highly practical way to eliminate these risks. For example, using high quality warehouse line marking to designate areas that are prohibited for pedestrian access will ensure that there is minimal foot traffic in areas used by vehicles.

Other examples include:

  • Marking where vehicles operate and where pedestrians work – in order to distinguish individual zones.
  • Marking out walkways and safety zones to protect drivers, pedestrians and operators.
  • Marking safety zones for delivery drivers.
  • Separating designated areas that are for temporary occurrences – such as delivery zones and loading zones.
  • Marking out right of way procedures that clearly indicate who must give way.

Benefits of warehouse line marking

There are a number of major benefits associated with installing line marking in your warehouse. It creates a visual aid for workers to recognise the areas that are safe and walkable, areas that are particularly hazardous and provides a directive for traffic. This implements an efficient and proper work area, as well as drastically reducing the likelihood of incidents occurring.

Major benefits include:
⦁ Improving and regulating the flow of traffic within the warehouse.
⦁ Helps the function of a busy warehouse.
⦁ Provides areas that are designated for storage – particularly of hazardous waste, as well as machinery and equipment.
⦁ Creates a safer working space.

Warehouse line marking planning

Before installing line marking in your warehouse, it is important to correctly plan the layout. The layout should not be set out randomly. It is important that employees and visitors, especially delivery drivers, understand the colours that are used for designated zones.

Your entire warehouse floor plan should be examined to determine the areas most used by vehicles and pedestrians. It is only important to identify any additional areas that can be used for storing hazardous materials or machinery and equipment. Once a tentative plan has been made, it should be tested over time to ensure it is logistical and operational.

Wagon Paints are the leading suppliers of a range of high performance coating systems, including high quality warehouse line marking applications. Contact our team today on +61 3 9729 1344 to discuss the best practice of installing line marking in your warehouse.

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