5S Industrial Floor Marking Guide in Houston

Prepco Flooring – floor marking guidelines

Here at Prepco Flooring LLC., the general rule is that anyone should be able to walk into a certain workplace and identify the workflow swiftly. The fastest and effective way to achieve this goal is by implementing the 5S floor marking guide and 5s industrial floor marking guide for industries. This lays the building blocks for the organized stage of 5S, when you start from the floor and work your way up organizing the area. Proper utilization of floor marking tape helps create order and pattern of work in your facility, eliminating confusion inside a work area. Utilizing 5s guidelines help in clearly defining processes and cells inside the value stream. Strategic, color-coded 5S floor markings aid your facility faster and more effectively. Consumers today rely on service providers that are 5s compliant.

There are presently no government-mandated or widely accepted industry standards for regulating what to be used when marking floors. In the past, some suppliers looked for the ANSI Z535. 1 Safety Color Code as being a guide in selecting colors for floor striping tape. Earlier versions include color specifications for specific kinds of safety hazards and equipment. Section 4.2 clearly states that these regulations apply simply for safety signage. Furthermore, these specifications were taken off of the 2002 edition standard and no longer represent ANSI-based guidelines.

industrial floor marking color schemes

Some companies refer to OSHA standard CFR 1910. 144, Safety Color Code used for marking human Hazards. It states that red must be used to identify fire protection devices, emergency stop systems and containers holding dangerous materials. Yellow is used for marking physical hazards, including, stumbling, falling, tripping and the like. Though these standards provide useful information for safety marking, it does not provide a clear guideline of colors that companies can base when marking floors inside their facility. As a result, many organizations simply use whatever colors are available at their disposal and overlook an opportunity to develop a more effective and visually instructive workplace.

To standardize floor markings and enhance 5S compliance, the 5S floor marking color guidelines are outlined below. This 5s compliant color scheme utilizes the OSHA 1910.144 standard stated earlier and can be utilized to visually separate processes, work areas and pathways. It also offers techniques for identifying facility storage locations for materials, product, tools and equipments. The color scheme purposefully limits the colors included to encourage easy learning and ready recognition of specific areas inside the workplace among employees. However, it can be easily modified to fit the specific operational priorities, processes and characteristics of facility.

5S Floor Marking/5s Industrial Floor Marking Color Scheme:

Yellow – Aisle ways, traffic lanes and work cells

White – Equipment and fixtures (carts, floor stand displays, racks, work stations and the like) not otherwise color coded

Blue, green and/or black – Materials and items, including raw materials, work-in-progress and finished goods

Orange – Materials or product held for inspection

Red – Defects, scrap, rework and red tag areas

Red and white – Areas being kept clear for safety/compliance reasons (e.g. areas facing electrical panels, firefighting apparatuses and safety equipment like eyewash stations, safety showers and medical cabinets)

Black and white – Areas being kept clear for operational purposes (not associated to safety and compliance)

Black and yellow – Areas which could expose employees to special physical or health risks (e.g. flammable or combustive material containers); Indicates that extra caution must be exercised when entering and working within the area

Prepco Flooring – industrial floor marking

Additional 5S floor marking color guidelines and recommended practices use limited colors as much as possible: This makes it easier for employees to consider the intended specification of each color reducing the number of vinyl tape products held in inventory.

Identify specific colors with specific purposes: Some companies prefer to choose mark equipment locations employing the same color for aisle ways and work cell borders. This choice adheres to the principle of keeping the color code system as numbered as possible, but for some, it might be more efficient to use two different colors for two different work locations. When a plant differentiates between colors when marking specific work areas, it generates a visually clear environment which enables employees to quickly correlate colors with purposes.

Prepco flooring – safety floor marking guidelines

Raw Materials, WIP and finished goods: Try and make use of the same color for all material storage areas, unless it comes with an important basis for differentiating between them. As an alternate solution, use different colored labels to visually distinguish between different material types.

Do more with less: Many companies use different colored stripes to border areas facing firefighting equipment, safety equipment and electrical panels. Having three different floor tape products, pick one color for all applications in which the intent is usually to keep the area clear for safety or compliance reasons instead.

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