Industrial health and safety requirements range from preventing trips and falls to preparing for emergencies, and visual cues help employees be aware of potential risks. Regulatory agencies, such OSHA and ANSI, set requirements for health and safety in the workplace—including for warehouses, manufacturing facilities, and other industrial locations—but often stop short of outlining specific steps for how their standards should be met. Visual cues are a practical preventative measure to alert employees of danger and urge caution where relevant. To increase OSHA compliance, employee confidence, and productivity, follow these safety improvement ideas for manufacturing and industrial facilities.

How to Improve Storage Safety with Visual Cues

An industrial environment poses many potential health and safety risks—including, but not limited to electrical and fire hazards, slippery floors, repeated or extended loud noises, and physical dangers. Visual cues help improve safety through clear communication. Our facility safety supplies, OSHA-compliant signs, and various floor tape options help you meet your warehouse safety goals.

Pre-Cut Kits Help Meet OSHA Clearance Requirements

Accumulated clutter can impede access to important safety equipment, reducing reaction time in the event of an emergency. For OSHA compliance, eyewash stations, fire extinguishers, and first aid kits must not be blocked. OSHA guidelines for electrical safety also stipulate that the area in front of electrical panels be kept clear for quick access to the circuit breakers. Our pre-cut floor marking kits feature signs and tape with clear messaging and universally recognized symbols to help you meet these standards. Each kit is designed to clearly outline the required clearance area in front of first aid kits, fire extinguishers, eyewash stations, and electrical panels, leaving no room for confusion.

Similarly, obstructed egress routes can inhibit emergency evacuations. Our signage for emergency exits can help meet standards for marking clearance areas, floor tape can be used to clarify direct paths of egress, and footprint or arrow floor markers can indicate the appropriate evacuation path.

Provide Clear Health and Safety Messaging for Improved Reaction Time

Being able to quickly locate first aid kits, eyewash stations, or AEDs in an emergency is vital, and OSHA mandates that such safety equipment be “readily accessible.” Wall-mount signage mounted at or above eye level helps improve visibility, and floor markings are a valuable supplement. Use color-coded tape, directional arrows, or custom-printed signs to direct employees or visitors to the closest safety equipment via the most straightforward path.

Consult color standards for OSHA and ANSI safety signs to ensure your chosen markings comply with industry requirements: You’ll often find red associated with fire protection equipment and electrical safety, yellow with caution messaging, and green with health and safety information. When your intended message is easy for employees to understand at a glance, they can respond more quickly and better mitigate harm. 

Ensure Messaging is Specific and Relevant

In any manufacturing or industrial environment, there are a range of physical hazards that can pose dangers to employees. Your facility’s daily operations and targeted safety goals will determine whether you should focus on pinch-point safety, forklift traffic flow, highlighting low-clearance areas, or another safety objective with visual cues.

Floor signs and pre-cut boundary tape bring attention to potential hazards by providing timely reminders for caution by placing notices in relevant locations—but your message must also be clear. Pair symbols and graphics, concise text, and recognizable colors or patterns to convey your messages more clearly. For example, yellow signage typically urges caution, and striped floor tape is commonly used to identify hazards, especially when marking the edges of loading docks, stairs, or obstructions. For areas where personal protective equipment (PPE) is required, placing supplemental floor tape or signs at entrances helps communicate requirements and improve compliance better than when the signs are installed in irrelevant or hidden locations.

Implement Visual Cues to Communicate Visitor Safety Rules

Visual cues can communicate essential health and safety information to visitors to manufacturing or warehouse locations. Visitor safety signage should be placed prominently at building entrances as well as in strategic locations throughout visitor areas to ensure visibility. 

Use visual cues to communicate visitor safety rules by:

  • Identifying employee-only areas or reserved spaces
  • Marking health and safety equipment locations
  • Highlighting any footwear or clothing requirements 
  • Clearly marking traffic flow patterns and messages for pedestrian safety
  • Creating custom signage to target facility-specific objectives

Visual cues play an important role in protecting the health and security of each employee and visitor in your facility. Our easy-to-apply floor marking tape and signs are made from durable materials and designed to stand up to heavy traffic, so they are especially suitable for manufacturing and warehouse environments. For more on improving the safety or effectiveness of an industrial facility, explore our Resource Center.