5S Floor Markings for Industrial Spaces

At Norris we have an unlimited wealth of experience in dealing with industrial spaces. With that comes certain health & safety considerations that you must be aware of in order to maintain a safe workplace and also avoid any damages to the business whether financial, reputational or physical (injured staff are neither happy nor productive). Luckily the 5S Floor Marking Colour Scheme spells out exactly how to mark your floors for optimal safety.

Use As the border colour for:
Yellow Aisle ways, traffic lanes and work cells
Yellow Aisle ways, traffic lanes and work cells
White Equipment and fixtures (workstations, carts, floor stand displays, racks, etc,) not otherwise colour coded
Blue, green and/or black Materials and components, 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 to be kept clear for safety/compliance reasons (e.g. areas in front of electrical panels, fire fighting equipment and safety equipment such as eyewash stations, safety showers and first aid cabinets)
Black and white Areas to be kept clear for operational purposes (not related to safety and compliance)
Black and yellow Areas that may expose employees to special physical or health hazards (e.g. flammable or combustive material containers); Indicates that extra caution should be exercised when entering and working in the area

Along with these black and white (excuse the pun) instructions are some suggestions for best practise as follows:
Use as few colours as possible: This will make it easier for employees to remember the intended meaning of each colour and reduce the number of vinyl tape products kept in inventory.
Identify specific colours with specific purposes: Some companies opt to mark equipment locations using the same colour for aisle ways and work cell boundaries. This choice adheres to the principle of keeping the colour code system as numbered as possible, but for some, it may be more effective to use two different colours for two different work areas. When a plant differentiates between colours when marking specific work areas, it creates a visually clear environment that helps employees quickly correlate colours with purposes.
Raw Materials, WIP and finished goods: Try and use the same colour for all material storage areas, unless there is an important reason for differentiating between them. As an alternative, use different collared labels to visually distinguish between the various material types.
Do more with less: Many companies use different colour stripes to border areas in front of fire fighting equipment, safety equipment and electrical panels. Instead of having three different floor tape products, choose one colour for all applications where the intent is to keep the area clear for safety or compliance reasons.
So there you have it a pretty self-explanatory one for you this week but very useful nonetheless. If you’d like any more advice on the subjects covered in these articles or anything else, just give us a call on 0115 979 7733 or email us on sales@norrisuk.co.uk