Floor markings and coatings are used daily for a variety of reasons, the main purpose being safety. Maintaining a safe environment for people, whether it’s closed or open to the public is extremely important to any business. Floor marking is a subtle, yet effective way to increase safety in any facility.
In 2016/17 29% of non-fatal injuries were caused by a slip, trip, or fall on the same level (reported under RIDDOR), that’s almost a third! This risk can be instantly reduced by applying a floor coating with anti-slip properties, such as Meon’s new product FloorCote. In the event of an accident finding the first aid equipment is of the utmost importance, every second is critical. Having floor markings that can lead employees or emergency responders to things like fire extinguishers, emergency eye wash stations and first aid kits can minimize an injury, and in extreme cases even avoid deaths.
The potential for injury creates a dangerous situation for warehouse workers and a huge financial cost for the business due to worker’s compensation claims, downtime, staff absence due to injury, and training costs for temporary or permanent replacements. Adding the right lines and signs will help keep people safely within their correct working areas, remind them of hazards and reduce the risk of collisions, injuries, and other accidents. The main purpose of floor markings is to make people aware of boundaries in their working environment. Floor markings should clearly identify walkways, traffic routes, ‘keep clear’ zones, hazardous areas and product storage areas. Any site used for manoeuvring, vehicle parking or open storage must be adequately surfaced for its use and have clear signage and marking for the protection of pedestrians from vehicles and other hazards as required by the Workplace (health, safety and welfare) Regulations 1002 and the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996.
Floor markings can be achieved by using either floor marking tapes or paints, the one you use will depend on the function of the area you will be marking. For permanent areas such as loading bays or pedestrian walkways, line marking paint may be the best choice. However, if the space is more fluid, and things tend to regularly move around, floor marking tape may be a better option to enable you to make the changes as they are needed. The tape provided by Meon, MightyLine, has no dry time and is easily removed, meaning changes in areas where tape have been used are quickly and easily completed.
Meon have recently launched two new innovative marking solutions, SureStripe and FloorCote, available in water-based versions specifically designed for internal markings in facilities. Not only are they low odour, but also have excellent resistance to chemicals, water, oils, greases and mechanical abrasion, making them perfect for marking floors within facilities.
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