Glow In the Dark and Reflective Tape: Mark Your Way to a Safer Facility!
Posted on June 12, 2013 by Marian Aldana
Some of most common workplace accidents and mix-ups result from improperly marked floors and work areas. People trip over steps and obstructions every day, and don’t always get the proper directional guidance they need in a building complex. However, with the appropriate measures, such confusion and hazards can be easily avoided. One of the most convenient workplace safety practices you can apply is through the use of glow in the dark and reflective floor marking tapes.
Add A Little More Glow to Your Facility
As the name suggests, glow in the dark tapes are designed to provide visible markings in low-light conditions. They usually require around half an hour to fully charge under artificial or natural light. And while they are at their brightest during the first 30 minutes after their power sources are gone, these tapes can remain luminescent for more than 6 hours. Some can last for even 10 hours.
There are also glow-in-the-dark tapes that come with a nonskid finish, which are quite useful in marking out areas where slips are especially common. Floors and walkways in work areas that make use of liquid substances, such as industrial facilities and manufacturing plants, utilize these anti-slip tapes to minimize slipping accidents. For instance, restaurant kitchens can apply them in work areas that are most likely to become wet. Glow in the dark tapes are also convenient for use in bathroom floors.
Glowing Green, Red, and Directional
Besides glow in the dark tape, reflective tape is another safety marking option. Reflective tapes work by catching ambient light and reflecting it. While these types of marking tape may seem inferior to their glow in the dark siblings, some tapes are made of material so reflective they actually seem like they glow! Reflective tape can come in a variety of colors and styles, which typically correspond to a specific purpose. The following are a few common variants, with some of their corresponding uses.
• Green: Walkways, stairs, doorways, and door handles are usually marked with tapes of this color, to make the pathways clear in low light conditions. These tapes are also used for calling attention to where sockets, light switches, and other similar items are located. Green-colored tape can also be used to indicate corners and edges of certain equipment.
• Red and Black Stripes: These tapes are typically used to indicate potential danger in a given area. This tape is useful for posts, guardrails, and similar objects and areas where people need to be on the lookout for possible dangers. For instance, poles or fence posts can be marked when there is a hole in the ground nearby, alerting people to these potential hazards and thereby preventing accidents.
• Directional and Exit Tape: Directional tape has imprinted arrows pointing to the direction people should go and can come in both reflective and glow in the dark varieties. Establishments make use of directional tape to indicate exits and other such locations. However, they can serve as guides to areas other than exits. Hospitals, for instance, make use of directional tape to point the way to laboratories, clinics and similar other areas.
Both glow in the dark and reflective tapes don’t only come in various designs; they are also both inexpensive and easy to apply. As such, these marking tapes provide a convenient means of indicating slip hazards, as well as designating various work areas and safe walkways. Use them in your facility to help maintain a safe and well-organized working establishment.
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