Warehouse floor marking consists of covering the floor of a logistics facility with markings. This safety measure minimizes possible risks in the warehouse and, at the same time, serves to organize the space.
To prevent risks in warehouses, areas dedicated to storage tasks or areas where handling equipment and pedestrians circulate must be signposted and visually differentiated.
Let’s see what signage looks like, what regulations it must comply with and the benefits of having a properly signposted warehouse.
Why mark the warehouse floor?
Warehouse floor marking is a way of delimiting work areas. It is a safety measure that serves the function of helping operators to warn of risks in a very visual, clear and evident way.
All areas where there could be a risk to operators, such as the locations of hazardous substances and products, are marked. Emergency exits, areas where there are obstacles and locations of fire-fighting systems are also marked to make them easier to locate.
It is advisable to mark only the essential areas of the warehouse, because doing so in excess could confuse the workers who usually work in the warehouse.
The main reasons to properly mark the warehouse are:
- Comply with regulations. European Union Directive 92/58/EEC requires companies to mark the warehouse floor. Failure to do so can lead to penalties and lawsuits.
- Increasing safety. Signage is an occupational risk prevention measure. For example, by preventing operators from crossing forklifts, they avoid being run over.
- Organize the space. Delimiting work areas helps to maintain order. It is essential that the warehouse is well organized, since a good distribution of the warehouse has a positive influence on all activities.
- Minimize travel. Since everything is signposted, operators know where to go, which increases the speed of transfers and, therefore, productivity.