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Why invest in floor markings?
Employee safety and welfare is the ultimate reason behind line striping and other safety painting practices. When employees are engaged in their work, they can become oblivious to their surroundings. Line striping and other functional painting techniques are a form of communication that is visibly present, right there in the moment when needed. Financially speaking, good use of safety painting can reduce insurance costs related to workers comp, disability, and medical care for injuries, not to mention potential lawsuits.
In addition, manufacturing plants and warehouses are valuable business assets, containing raw materials and products in various stages of completion.
- Color-coding enhances workflow, such as the common use of blue to show areas with Works-In-Progress and black to show Finished Goods.
- Bin marking can eliminate errors, increase efficiency, and improve inventory management.
- Line striping helps property owners and facility managers utilize every square foot of costly real estate.
Paint striping and markings streamline work by keeping things moving throughout your facility, leading to fewer backlogs and delays.
Line striping for safety
Safety is a top priority at Painters USA. We believe incidents are preventable and safety is an integral part of everyone’s job. And we know from decades of experience in a wide range of commercial and industrial settings that clearly defined travel paths, work areas, and safety zones can assure employee welfare and protect capital assets.
Our focus on safety minimizes lost production time and keeps insurance premiums in check, for our business and yours. Painters USA have earned an “A” grade from ISNetworld and we were awarded our insurance agency’s annual safety award for our measurable impact.
How functional painting keeps facilities safe
Safety areas delineated with cones or tape rather than paint may be altered, moved or viewed as temporary markings. New employees or visitors may not be able to distinguish their meaning or direction. Floor painting with lining and marking is a fast, easy, economical way to promote safety and protect your workers.
Visibility: Manufacturing and warehousing facilities become instantly lighter and brighter with the right floor coating, allowing employees to better see what they're doing.
Traction: Non-slip or anti-skid epoxy floor paint nearly eliminates the risk of slipping and falling, a common cause of injury.
Safe traffic flow: Pathways, vehicle and foot traffic routes, hazardous zones and door swing areas colored with epoxy floor paint can prevent collisions.
Hazard alerts: Proper use of line striping can minimize workplace injuries by pointing out fire extinguisher locations,, high voltage areas, pedestrian traffic areas, pinch points, fall / trip hazards, overhead obstructions and other hazards.
Our line striping process
- Tape off the outline for new or refreshed striping
- Prepare the concrete to create a receptive surface
- Apply striping paint
- Finish with a clear epoxy coating a longer life
Permanent aisles and passageways
Use of color and line formations will help workers know where to walk, stand, and do their work. As visual communication, universal markings overcome language and noise barriers, keeping workers constantly aware and alert.
OSHA Standard 1910.22 for Walking-Working Surfaces requires permanent aisles and passageways to be appropriately and consistently marked. Aisle and passageway markings need to be at least 2’’ wide so they are clearly visible and up to 6’’ wide based on the environment.
While colors are not mandated, several are recommended and commonly used for marking and identification purposes:
- Red or yellow floor markings identify physical hazards. Red indicates that the hazard is fire-related, and yellow indicates a hazard that could be tripped over, caught between, or struck against.
- Yellow and black diagonal stripes indicate the need for extra caution. Red and white stripes define areas to be kept clear for safety reasons (such as access to fire fighting equipment) while black and white stripes are used to mark areas that need to be clear for operational purposes.
Marking areas other than floors
Industrial and commercial floors are not the only place to add functional markings. Virtually any surface can become more useful with painted markings. Some facilities, like chemical plants or food processing plants, require extensive process piping systems to transport materials like liquids and gases, even slurry and powders, throughout a facility. Color-coding these systems enables quick identification of a pipe's contents. See OSHA recommended colors below.
Painting for OSHA color codes
Painters USA offers OSHA color coding painting services to help you identify the different materials running through your facility piping.
Flammable fluids and gases
Fire-quenching fluids (sprinkler lines)
Toxic or corrosive fluids and gases
Combustible fluids and gases
Line striping for ISO 9000, Six Sigma or Lean Manufacturing certification
For quality certifications like Six Sigma (6S), ISO 9000, or Lean Manufacturing, every inch must be organized, well-defined, and designated in specific ways. And as these certifications can be time-consuming and costly, line striping and color coding can support and protect those investments.
Painters USA can help with all these endeavors by marking aisles, pedestrian walkways, bins, equipment, and material locations with durable, high-quality industrial coatings. We ensure your project starts off strong with expert surface prep, and once painting begins, we work efficiently without ignoring details and quality. We welcome conversations to discuss how we can help you reach and maintain your quality certifications and prepare for any facility inspections or audits.
Line striping for regulatory compliance
Line striping and markings is one way to comply with OSHA safety requirements and avoid violations
For example, for some of the most common manufacturing citations (according to Industrysafe.com), the following can be fixed with the help of functional painting:
- Hazard Communication or HAZCOM: Color coding and markings can be used to identify and mark storage areas for hazardous chemicals.
- Electrical: Line striping and color coding can draw attention to electrical equipment and electrical panels.
- Powered Industrial Trucks (PITs): Line striping and clear directional painting ensures safe and orderly movement of PITs.
- Walking and Working Surfaces: Prevent and fix walk and work surface citations with line striping, color coding and paint marking.
- Process Safety Management: Color coding and paint marking can be used to support proper identification and storage of process materials.
Let’s be clear: Painting won’t clear your facility of all OSHA guidelines or citations. But it can be part of the solution and demonstrate your commitment to safety.
Painters USA delivers safety with every job
Safety is in our DNA. We take pride in knowing that we help our clients make their commercial, industrial and public spaces as safe as possible. We are committed to making sure our employees and yours make it home to their families unscathed, every single work day.
- We employ a full-time Safety Director to instill and maintain a safety culture for employees in the field and in the office.
- All our painters have OSHA 10 safety training and foreman have OSHA 30 credentials, in addition to specific training and certification for tasks like working in confined space and respirator fit. As most of the commercial and industrial buildings we work in have very high ceilings, all our lift operators are fully trained and certified in the use of aerial lifts. Hard hats, safety glasses, steel-toe boots, and proper PPE is a requirement on all job sites.
- We offer flexible scheduling that allows for painting during off-hours or scheduled downtime to reduce risks and minimize business disruption.
Paint striping and marking experience
- Libraries and other public places
- Schools and universities
- Playgrounds and athletic fields
- Airports and train stations
- Parking garages
- Large stores and shopping centers
When applied by a qualified painting contractor like Painters USA, industrial floor coatings and other paint markings will serve your facility for many years of high volume use. And once they’re created, it’s important to maintain these markings for worker safety, regulatory compliance, and quality certification standards.
So don't neglect markings—get them painted and keep them well-maintained!
Line striping customer stories
Safety walkway installation in Dallas-Ft. Worth
Join us for a quick tour of this client’s safety walkway in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The client’s goal: Safe, distinct passage for warehouse pedestrians, achieved by creating a clearly-defined, 678 ft. walkway with bright red borders.
- First, we cleaned the walkway with a heavy duty degreaser.
- Next, we laid out the walkway using a template for a 4 foot wide and 678 long walkway.
- We then applied a hard surface primer
- Finally, we applied Epoxy Mastic Safety RED for the 4-inch line borders
Pedestrian walkways and lines in automotive glass plant
We were contacted and asked to assist with the lean manufacturing transformation of an Illinois automotive glass manufacturer.
The client’s goal: Substantial improvement and restoration of their nearly nonexistent walkways and flooring designations.
The steps of this radical transformation included the following:
- First, we used our state-of-the-art diamond grinder to remove existing epoxy and open up the pores of the concrete. This allowed the high-build epoxy to adhere in the most durable, permanent fashion possible.
- Next, we patched all holes, cracks, and spalls under the new walkway.
- We then primed the walkway with a penetrating epoxy primer.
- We painted a coat of 100% Solids Polyaspartic Epoxy in lucky green, topped with two coats of Fast Dry on all stripes and cross hatch lines in yellow and white.
- We applied a clear urethane coat layer over the entire walkway.
- We finished with a broadcast of anti-slip aggregate for extra traction and safety.
These new walkways and line striping designations are tough, practical, and low-maintenance - perfect for a busy facility. And there’s no denying that the bright colors chosen for this floor add clarity, character, plus a bit of Wow! factor to the space.
Painting for organization and efficiency at Illinois plant
We’re all about safety, efficiency, and high-quality coatings, so when a project involves all three of those things, well, we get excited. Such was the case when an industrial plant in Illinois/
The client’s goal: To help organize their work space by installing durable aisleways and pedestrian walkways for clear direction through busy intersections and to keep traffic flowing safely and efficiently.
The line painting project in a nutshell:
- It all starts with prep! In this case, we used a diamond grinder to prepare the surface for maximum adhesion. Opening the pores of the concrete allows the floor system to grip.
- All the lines were carefully taped and marked out to create crisp, clean edges.
- We selected a high-solids Macropoxy 646 Fast Cure Epoxy for this application. It’s a high-build, fast-drying, polyamide epoxy designed specifically to protect steel and concrete in hard-working industrial environments.
- We finished with a Rexthane Urethane topcoat for long-lasting durability.
With decades of experience doing this kind of work, the project was completed on time, on budget, and with minimal interruption to the client’s operations.
How can painted line striping keep facilities safe?
Line striping and other paint markings promote safety because they are visual cues that are always present to guide and direct employees as they do their work and move around the facility. Functional paint enhances visibility, identifies safe pathways and routes to avoid collisions, and marks potential hazards like high voltage areas or tripping hazards. There is even non-slip / anti-skid epoxy floor paint that reduces the risk of slipping and falling.
Does OSHA require line striping in plants and warehouses?
OSHA Standard 1910.22 for Walking-Working Surfaces requires permanent aisles and passageways to be appropriately and consistently marked. Aisle and passageway markings need to be at least 2’’ wide so they are clearly visible and up to 6’’ wide based on the environment. Line striping is a practical, economical way to create these markings
How do OSHA safety inspections work?
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is the U.S. federal agency in charge of setting guidelines and monitoring work environments for employee safety. Any business subject to OSHA regulations is also subject to surprise inspections by both federal and state OSHA officials. When those officials find violations during an inspection (and the average inspection results in at least a few citations), the business must act, as citations don’t go away. First and foremost, the problem must be fixed as soon as possible. In addition, all citations must be posted internally for employees to know. Finally, if you feel a citation is unfair, you may contest it, though it’s recommended to consult legal counsel before choosing this option.
Can line striping and color-coding help me avoid OSHA safety violations?
In some situations, yes. For example, the right use of paint can support HAZCOM (Hazard Communications) requirements, draw attention to electrical equipment and high-voltage areas, provide clear directional guidance for safe and orderly movement of Powered Industrial Trucks (PITs) and identify storage and work areas for hazardous materials.
Can line striping and color-coding help me with ISO 9000, Six Sigma, and other quality and lean manufacturing practices and certifications?
Yes, these kinds of functional painting practices are economical, effective tools for many certification programs, as they can help improve standardization, consistency and quality.
Does OSHA mandate specific safety colors in factories, warehouses or other industrial facilities?
While colors are not mandated, there are some recommendations that are commonly used and recognized. For example, red or yellow floor markings identify potential physical hazards. Yellow and black diagonal stripes define areas that indicate extra caution; red and white stripes define areas to be kept clear for safety reasons (such as access to fire fighting equipment) and black and white stripes are used to mark areas that need to be clear for operational purposes. Color coding is often used for multiple piping lines to make their contents easily recognized.
What does the line striping process entail?
For Painters USA, our process is four basic steps. We begin by marking the area for new or refreshed striping. Then we prepare the surface with thorough cleaning and smoothing away any rough spots. We carefully apply the striping and finish with a clear epoxy coating for endurance and a longer life.
What qualifications should I look for in a commercial / industrial painting service?
Besides experience and understanding of your particular requirements and circumstances, you should ask about the training and certifications of their painters (e.g., OSHA and equipment operation) as well as safety credentials and practices. Professional commercial and industrial painting companies should be able to work around your operational requirements, demonstrate a well-defined process that they adhere to, use quality products, and make regular job site risk assessments and safety audits.
What are other benefits of line striping and paint marking?
Besides safety and compliance purposes, pain can be used to improve efficiency and quality by eliminating errors, enhancing workflow, and improving management of processes, inventory, and other resources. Line striping also helps property owners and facility managers maximize every square foot of costly real estate.