On the roads, we’re all used to line markings and colours – we understand that the white lines in the middle of the road are there to keep us safe, that arrows near a junction will show us the direction we need to take, that zebra crossings denote that pedestrians have priority on the road, and we know what single and double yellow lines mean (and the consequences of ignoring them!).
In manufacturing and industrial areas, the use of line marking and floor colours also create a safer working environment, including pathways and zones. This is especially important if your company uses forklift trucks and other moving vehicles as part of the day to day running of the business. By using a clearly demarcated layout for vehicles and pedestrians, including crossing points, you will be protecting employees in the same way that the Highway Code protects road users.
Different working zones
If your company has a range of activities that need to remain separate, different floor colours are a great way of ensuring they stay in the correct zones. You can use a different coloured floor for inspection and storage areas as well as areas that require your staff to take extra care or precautions when they’re entering. This means that, for instance, if the floor in your preparation area is a different colour from that in the disposal area, your staff are less likely to waste time by placing items in the wrong area.
Obviously, the use of colours in this way will be tricky for employees who are colour-blind and you may need to take additional steps in consultation with them or provide them with special glasses that show up colours to the colour-blind.
In the long run, line markings and floor colours can save your business money by increasing efficiency and safety, which in turn will improve staff motivation and productivity.