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Aisle and Floor Marking Tape: Complete Guide

Posted by Tape Jungle on 05/27/2021

Safety warning tape allows you to organize the workflow and minimize hazards on your facility’s aisles, walkways, safety hazards, and storage areas, and more. Apply aisle marking tape and floor marking tape to floors, walls, and equipment to designate boundaries or unsafe areas in facilities. Safety tape is made to endure heavy foot traffic, and many are designed to withstand traffic from forklifts and other warehouse vehicles. Warning tape creates a safer, more efficient facility because it relays crucial information at the location and time it’s needed.

Varieties of safety warning tape

Warning tape comes in various materials, patterns, and colors to provide an option for any environment. Floor and aisle tapes are available in solid, patterned, reflective, glow in the dark and pre-printed options. Safety tapes can also be used to communicate social distancing regulations.

Safety tape uses

There are no specific government-mandated regulations as to what colors should be used to mark floors.

This is a starting point that you can modify to fit the needs of your specific facility:

  • Black/Yellow. Use for physical hazard and caution. (examples: machines that can cause injuries, physical hazards, storage cabinets for flammable or combustible materials, containers for corrosives or other unstable materials)
  • Red/White. Use for fire equipment and first aid. (examples: flammable liquid containers, emergency stop buttons, fire protection equipment, emergency egress and first aid or safety equipment)
  • Black/White. Use for traffic and housekeeping.
  • Green/White. Use for decorative identification.
  • Magenta/Yellow. Use for radiation hazard.

Utilize your workspace by creating floor and aisle marking guidelines with these color schemes. Be sure to use as few colors as possible to make it easier for employees to remember and reduce inventory.

Typical areas to use color-coding:

  • Work cell and equipment borders.
  • Material storage areas.
  • Non-material storage fixtures.
  • Areas to be kept clear for safety and compliance.
  • Areas in front of electrical panels.
  • Operational “keep clear” areas.
  • Hazardous areas or equipment.

Benefits of using warning tape

  • Better than paint. Traditionally, floor paint was used to mark lines and boundaries on warehouse and manufacturing floors. Warning tape resists wear and damage better than paint from industrial hazards, such as forklifts and chemicals. Safety professionals recognize industrial floor safety tapes as being the most convenient and inexpensive option to mark aisles since painted lines chip, peel, crack, and need to be repainted.
  • Improves safety. Companies create a uniform manner and color scheme that help employees quickly identify areas and potential hazards based on color.
  • Increases efficiency. Many companies mark their floors to enhance their visual organization in the workplace, and in turn the uniform manner and color scheme help employees improve workflow.
  • Meets OSHA standards and regulations. Safety tape is a durable, long-lasting solution to mark areas where employees walk and work so you can avoid Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) penalties. OSHA Standard 1910.22 dictates that all companies must mark these areas to prevent accidents or injuries. A penalty can be anywhere from $5,000 to $500,000 depending on the violation, if a substantial probability of death or serious physical harm that the employer knew or should have known were not clearly marked to identify safe pathways or highlight dangerous areas.

Choose your safety warning tape

Depending on your facility’s needs, different floor marking tapes are available. Tape grades vary depending on the traffic from employees or equipment from lightweight to heavyweight.

Try Tape Jungle’s line of Laminated Stripe Safety Warning Tapes. These tapes will not corrode copper, brass, steel, or aluminum and resist oil, grease, solvents, and moisture. Scuff resistant. The tape has an aggressive adhesive that will adhere to almost any clean, dry, smooth surface. For striping & warning, marking of hazardous areas and exits to comply with OSHA requirements per paragraph 1910.144 of the Federal Register. Hazard striped products have a protective lamination to ensure the printed stripe will not wear off. For marking fire equipment/exits, hazardous areas, and first aid points. Meets government specification A-A-1689B Type II.

Tape Jungle’s Laminated Stripe Safety Warning Tape, 66050, 6.3 MIL (0.16mm).

Laminated SPVC with a rubber-based adhesive. Shiny surface. Adhesion/Steel: 17.6 oz/in. Tensile Strength: 18 lbs/in. Elongation: 180%. 3” neutral paper core. Only available in 36 yd.

Available in:

  • Black-Yellow
  • Red-White
  • Black-White
  • Green-White
  • Magenta-Yellow

Width:

  • ½” (12MM)
  • ¾” (18MM)
  • 1”(24MM)
  • 2”(48MM)
  • 3”(72MM)
  • 4”(96MM)

Tape Jungle’s Laminated Stripe Safety Warning Tape, 66090, 9.1 MIL (0.23mm)

Laminated SPVC with a rubber-based adhesive. Shiny surface. Adhesion/Steel: 22 oz/in. Tensile Strength: 33 lbs/in. Elongation: 200%. 3” neutral paper core. It is stocked in 18 yd only.

Available in:

  • Black-Yellow
  • Red-White
  • Black-White
  • Green-White

Width:

  • ½” (12MM)
  • ¾” (18MM)
  • 1”(24MM)
  • 2”(48MM)
  • 3”(72MM)
  • 4”(96MM)