The End of Floor Paint?
Whether you’re trying to improve safety in the workplace or implementing the Lean process known as 5S, aisle and floor marking are extremely important to your cause. For years, organizations relied on floor paint to address these needs, mainly because there was nothing else out there.
That’s all changed now.
The improvements and technologies in floor tape have provided floor paint with it’s first real competition. In fact, most would say that the benefits of using floor tape over floor paint are increasingly becoming more clear when you’re laying down your organizational lines in your facility.
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Floor tape has proven to be more dependable with a longer life-span than floor paint and with more facilities implementing 5S, floor paint seems to be becoming a thing of the past.
But how do you decide which floor tape is best for you?
With the demand at an all-time high, more floor tape brands are popping up everywhere. It makes it tough when you’re trying to decide which tape you want, but one company is trying to help by providing free samples of their industry leading floor tape. The free offer includes samples of their best floor tape lines, all designed to improve your organization by making it safer, more efficient, productive, and 5S ready.
Creative Safety Supply, a well-known leader in visual safety, developed SafetyTac floor tape to be the most effective, longest lasting, and strongest tape on the market. They understand how important it is to have a product that you can rely on, especially in a busy warehouse where your lines could mean the difference in an accident or not. The company takes pride in their product and believe that all their products coincide with their mission:
Still Not Sure About Floor Tape?
It’s tough breaking old habits. Replacing your painted lines every few months may be a ritual that you truly look forward to, but maybe it’s time to start new rituals.
When you start looking at the facts, there really is no competition when comparing the two. Floor paint requires more materials, man hours, and down time while you wait for your paint to dry, in some cases up to 72 hours! Also, did I mention floor paint has a shorter life span? To be effective, floor paint needs to be re-applied often to keep operations running safe and organized.
If you are one of the many looking to implement 5S, you’re doing it for a reason. You want to eliminate waste and increase productivity in the workplace. Stopping the flow of work while you paint, using valuable man hours to paint, the frustrations that come with the painting process, are all examples of activities you need to be eliminating from your organization if you truly want to increase productivity in your workplace.
When you have products like SafetyTac Floor Tape, it becomes clear why more organizations are using the more efficient, less hassle method to help implement 5S.
For starters, SafetyTac is now recognized as the leading brand in the industrial floor marking industry. It’s been put up against some of the toughest tests a facility can throw at it including forklifts, trucks, heavy foot traffic, chemicals, greases, and pallets. The tape has passed all tests with flying colors. The tough PVC material, low-profile design and dual tampered edges allow SafetyTac tape to stand up against any threats and pass by the competition.
The tape holds up to OSHA standards and is great for all your 5S needs including forklift lanes, manufacturing floors, warehouse floors, work area boundaries, and safety areas. It comes in a variety of colors and widths to meet any marking need you may have.
To get your free box of SafetyTac Floor Tape samples, contact Creative Safety Supply at 1-866-777-1360 by phone, or by email at email@example.com, or by simply clicking here.
The Visual Workplace 101
Coined by Lean manufacturing experts, the visual workplace is a workplace that places critical information at the point of use, but wait there’s more.
A visual workplace is a concept that relies on visual cues around the workplace to reveal critical information to anyone who can see them. Organizations have used wall signs, floor signs, floor tape, labels, placards, displays, and many other creative visual cues to keep employees focused and productive at work, while being reminded of critical information with as little interruption as possible.
Visuals help to create an environment that not only promotes safety, but also a culture that is continuously re-enforcing the organization’s values. It provides a universal language that anyone can interpret and feel a part of.
When it comes to the visual workplace, Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth is one of the leading experts on the planet. She has a very tactical approach to the visual workplace which has been embraced by many organizations around the globe. Results from her training have led to increased performance and improved cultures in all aspects of the organizations that have welcomed the her visual workplace approach.
Her book “Visual Workplace — Visual Thinking,” has been instrumental in helping visual workplace implementers everywhere and is a must read for anyone looking to improve their workplace.
What Not To Do
A flooded wall full of signs and instructions that overwhelm and distract the senses simply confuses the recipient. This is not a visual workplace and in a Lean organization, would be considered nothing more than waste, which is exactly what a properly designed visual workplace is designed to combat.
There are thousands of possible devices that you can use to design your visual workplace, but only when implemented strategically, do they bring value to your organization.
A good rule of thumb…
If you don’t understand why you are putting up the visual cue, then you can’t expect it to improve quality or safety in your workplace and it should be re-evaluated. Everything should be purposely displayed and should fit seamlessly into the facility. If it seems out of place or overwhelming, then it’s only going to slow down and/or distract employees.
The Benefits Are Clear
- Eliminate information deficits and waste: Every time an employee has to look for information that pertains to the job they’re performing, time is wasted and their ability to do their job efficiently and effectively is in jeopardy. If you build in critical information directly into the physical environment, you can then relay the information at the point of use, instead of having employees go look for it. This will help improve productivity, quality, and safety.
- Improve Training: Research has shown that individuals gain 75% of what they know visually and only 13% through hearing. You can use the visual workplace as an ongoing training device that is constantly providing important information or changes in the workplace. Informed employees make fewer mistakes and add value quicker when you don’t have to keep re-communicating messages.
- Increase Productivity: A correctly designed visual workplace will have a positive impact on productivity, cost, quality, on-time delivery, inventory, and equipment reliability. Best of all, a visual workplace will help sustain these benefits for years to come.
The visual workplace is not just a Lean tool to improve efficiency, it is also a means of improving the safety and well-being of your employees as well. Your path to continuous improvement is an important journey that will undoubtedly have interruptions, and while your Lean processes help you work through the hiccups, the safety of your employees should always be number one.
In may not be December 21st yet, but for most parts of the country, winter is in full swing. Which means it’s a great time to re-evaluate some of your preventative safety measures around the workplace. Wet and icy conditions bring with them a much greater chance for slip and fall injuries around the workplace. In order to reduce these risks, you have to have the safety measures in place to prevent them. Many are turning to anti-slip floor tape (traction tape) to help alert and prevent workers from such accidents.
Slips and falls are not to be taken lightly. The following statistics are from the U.S. Department of Labor:
- 15% of all accidental deaths
- 25% of all injury claims per fiscal year
- 65% of all work days lost in general industry fields
Accidents are going to happen, but like many accidents, slips and falls are preventable with the right measures. Anti-slip tape is an effective measure to help prevent these types of accidents and is extremely affordable.
In most slip and fall cases the common cause is either a loss of traction between the shoe and walking surface or accidental contact with a fixed or moveable object, which leads to the fall.
Common Slip and Fall Reasons
- Wet or oily surfaces
- Accidental spills
- Weather conditions
- Poor flooring or other walking surfaces that have no traction
The beauty of anti-slip floor tape is that it can combat all of these causes of slips and falls in the workplace. Having anti-slip tape installed around the facility will alert anyone walking by that a slip hazard is present and protect them against possibly injuring themselves, or worse.
The benefits are seen and felt when you apply anti-slip tape around the workplace, here are some of the key benefits from Creative Safety Supply’s Industrial Colored Traction (anti-slip) Tape:
Anti-Slip Floor Tape Benefits
- Easy to apply to any surface
- Aggressive adhesive for longevity
- Anti-slip surface
- Indoor and outdoor use
- Water and chemical resistant
- Meets NFSI 101-A “High Traction”
- Meets or exceeds OSHA standards
It should be no surprise that the winter season creates the most hazards around the workplace, especially in areas that experience extreme temperatures and above average rainfall. Installing anti-slip floor tape should be on top of your to-do list if you live in any of these places. I would recommend installing the tape in all your entry ways and areas exposed to mother nature to help alert workers and reduce their risk of injury.
Anti-Slip Glow Tape
The team at Creative Safety Supply has recently released a glow-in-the-dark anti-slip tape that will help to reduce slips and falls with the lights on or off.
The new tape will provide you with all the benefits of their other traction tape, but will also glow-in-the-dark for up to eight hours! For those that work in low-lit areas, this is the perfect solution to help keep you safe and on two feet.
The tape can also be extremely beneficial in the event of a power outage. If installed prior to the outage, the glow tape would provide important sensory information in dark corridors or pathways to exits that do not have access to natural light.
It may seem trivial to go and install anti-slip tape around your facility, but it could also be the difference in your employee’s safety. There is no limits to what you can do with the tape and because it is one of the cheaper preventative safety tools you can buy, the sky is the limit.
Take the time today to analyze and re-evaluate your facility before it’s too late. Look for the signs of potential threats and hazards around the workplace that could be most susceptible to slips and falls and take the initiative by installing anti-slip floor tape today.
Northwest auto shop turns to floor tape to help improve safety and boost productivity.
When you are working with dangerous equipment and heavy machinery, safety is always a concern. Add in customers and the fact that you’re an ongoing training facility and you have yourself a recipe for potential injuries, or worse. The auto repair shop at Portland Community College (PCC), located in the great Northwest, is a prime example of how education and a working shop can coincide, as long as safety is the number one priority.