We continue now with the last article in the five part series of how FloorTapeHQ’s customers use industrial floor marking tape products. Today’s article is about PermaSmooth Hazard floor marking tape.
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The article written below was based on a survey of our customers which was a broad cross section of industries and company sizes.
We asked specific questions to both 5s Specialists and Warehouse Managers who have purchased and personally experienced PermaSmooth Hazard floor tape the following survey questions:
- Please provide us background of your Company and location(s)
- Please provide us a concrete example of your use of PermaStripe Hazard floor tape and its effects in the workplace?
- Future uses of PermaStripe Hazard in your working environment
- The Company is a large environment services player serving the United States industrial manufacturing market. The Company’s service collects liquid waste and other hazardous materials from manufacturers and then using a unique process, separates the hazardous materials from valuable petrochemicals.
- The Company in the past has purchased anti-slip tape, footprint floor markers as well as PermaSmooth floor marking tape for their warehouse production needs. They have approximately 700,000 square feet of warehouse space.
Why They Use PermaSmooth Hazard Floor Tape
- Once hazardous chemicals are picked up from customers, a complex recovery process is started in which barrels of liquid waste are loaded and dumped in a large separator. This process occurs 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. There is a long walkway from the loading dock where the trucks containing 50 gallon drums are unloaded and then are moved through a long passageway to the separating machine.
- This long walkway is characterized by a significant amount of foot, bobcat and pallet carts. Due to the hazardous materials contained in the drums, many precautions are taken by workers including full protective gear and masks.
- While the walkway has both mechanized and foot traffic, it is not clearly differentiated and in the past there have been accidents in which people have been injured by mechanical traffic. In addition, there have been limited cases in which barrels have fallen on the ground and leaked hazardous material.
The plant manager was looking for a way in which he could easily separate the human foot traffic with mechanical traffic to increase safety and reduce the chances of a chemical spill by essentially splitting the walkway into equal areas. He decided the best method was to use PermaSmooth Hazard Floor Tape and mark the areas with mechanized traffic with a black/yellow outline. He chose PermaSmooth Hazard Tape because he liked that the top adhesive was embossed as this will prevent dirt and other chemicals from seeping into the tape and also make it easier to clean.
The Company is currently reviewing all safety procedures in the warehouse and determining if they need to create separate pathways for disposal of all hazardous waste. Currently, these walkways are haphazard and the plant manager is concerned that these undefined walkways could cause a major accident on the factory floor.