Why Floor Marking Tape Is Important and a Specific Case Study

Floor marking tape is critical to use in an indoor industrial environment to visually identify specific areas of the warehouse to create a high level of safety and efficiency in a warehouse setting.

In many warehouse environments, there is constant foot and machinery traffic such as forklifts, pallet carts and other machinery. It is critical for all persons in the daily operation of the warehouse to understand and identify the layout of the warehouse for not just safety reasons, but efficiency reasons as well. Many different types of floor tape can be used, but for industrial settings, it is recommended that floor tape with thickness of 35mils (.035 inches) is used to withstand the heavy pounding that an average industrial floor takes. Any floor tape with thickness of 35 miles or less will typically be ripped up easily and be rendered useless very quickly due to the wear and tear.

Let’s give an example. One of our customers has approximately 300,000 square feet of warehousing space and of this area, about 50,000 square feet is pallet areas. During a past OSHA audit, it was identified that there was not clear visual floor identification between the common walkways that are used by workers and visitors walking from the operations office and the pallet locations, which are located off the center of the production assembly lines. As a result, there was an identified risk that a pallet cart driver could potential harm someone who is walking accidentally due to the lack of visual clues on the floor.

As a result, the Company purchased floor tape and used the common standard color scheme to install specific types of floor tape in two different areas of the warehouse floor. The two priority areas identified were outlining each pallet area and creating two paths (for the two possible pallet jack directions – North and South) between the production line and the large pallet area. These two paths created a clearly marked area for all traffic (both human foot traffic and machine traffic) and increased the safety level involved for all. An additional benefit was that with operational efficiency in mind, the path used between the pallet area and the production line was now about 15% shorter than it was before, allowing production to run smoother as pallet drivers were able to now shorten their routes to get the raw materials from the pallet area.

This specific customer chose multiple rolls of the 2” and 3” PermaStripe Floor Marking Tape and manually installed the tape, which took about 4 hours to install and covered a total of about 4000 square feet in length.