Colour coding can greatly contribute to improved order and safety in logistical and industrial environments. Colour coding has been around for many years and is being used by many different organizations. Systems incorporating colour coding include electronics, navigation, military and social functions. By using colour coding you can enhance safety and increase efficiency in the workplace. 

A colour code or colour coding is a system for displaying information by using different colours. One of the earliest examples of colour coding is the use of flags for long distance communication, also called semaphore communication. The United Kingdom, among many other countries, has adopted a colour code scheme in communication with red signifying danger, white signifying safety and other colours each having a similar assignment of meaning. With technology advancing and companies expanding it became practical to use colour coding for telling things apart that would otherwise be confusingly similar. In warehouses, distribution centres, laboratories and even hospitals colour codes can be created by using floor marking. Floor markings are particularly suited to the implementation of the 5s or Lean method. Thanks to the large variety of colours and shapes Jekashop offers work environments can be designed to your own specific needs. Click here to browse through our floor marking.

Colour coding: a guideline for using colours

Although there are no official standards defining the colours of floor marking, there is a guide you can follow. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), an American organization provides regulations to help businesses protect their workers and reduce the number of accidents or injuries. This organization has created a floor marking guide in which they specify the meaning of different colours used in floor marking. The colour yellow can be used for aisle ways and traffic lanes, exit routes and work cells. White can indicate production or racks, machines, carts, benches and other equipment which doesn’t fall under other colour guidelines. Red is an indicator for a defect or scrap area and red tag areas. Orange can be used for materials or product inspection or energized equipment. Green can indicate raw materials or first aid-related locations. Blue means works-in-progress and black indicates finished goods. Besides these colours there are also a few combinations in the guide. The combination black and yellow can indicate areas which present physical or health risks to employees which should be entered with caution. Red and white can be used to mark areas that should be kept clear for safety reasons. Finally black and white are areas that should be kept clear for operational purposes. As said before, this is just a guide and not set by law. You can choose to modify this guide to fit the needs of your work environment.

Colour coding in the workplace

In a work environment, for example a warehouse, colour coding can be useful to organize inventory and in creating specific areas, paths and walkways. By using floor marking and creating these areas and paths, you provide an environment which maintains order and safety. This not only produces an pleasant work environment, but also increases productivity. Jekashop offers different types and colours of floor marking which you can use to create this orderly and safe environment. With dots you can apply lines or categorize inventory, footsteps can indicate a certain walkway and with corner pieces you can create a specific area. Jekashop also sells superior mark floor tape which is an unique tape with bevelled edges, providing a maximum durability against heavy traffic. You can also order printed floor marking, which can be provided with additional text and/or barcodes. Check out all the types of floor marking Jekashop offers.

Tape vs Floor Paint

In the past it was normal procedure to mark lines and areas on manufacturing floors with floor paint. While some companies still use floor paint, these days industrial floor marking tapes are a favourite in most work environments. Painted lines tend to crack, peel and chip where in the last few years marking tape has been developed which resist wear and damage from industrial hazards. Not all floor tapes are made with the same quality, so it’s important to choose tape  which can endure heavy traffic and chemicals. All the floor marking Jekashop offers are of sufficient quality to endure these factors. Another advantage of tape is that it takes less time to apply and you don’t have to stop work to wait for the paint to dry, your workers can just resume working right after application.