Using footprint markings in industrial workplaces creates a visual map for employees to follow for the most efficient, productive, and safest path to achieve their objectives. Lean and 5S experts recommend that when employees enter a work area, it should be visually apparent which way to go to start work within 10 seconds. While heavy-duty floor tape is often used to provide visual directional cues, footprint markers made from the same material are a practical option that is easy to understand.

Why Use Footprint Floor Markers?

The first step to implementing effective directional cues is to understand how a visual workplace increases efficiency, productivity, and safety. Expert Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth offers these points about why visuality is especially important in a workplace:¹

  • A visual workplace is in order. When you can see the order, you can harness it for a business advantage.
  • A visual workplace explains itself to anyone and everyone in it, providing vital information about what and what not to do, how and when to do it, and how to respond if something goes wrong.
  • A visual work environment can regulate itself through high-impact, low-cost visual devices.

A visual workplace involves a continuous improvement culture that provides enough information to keep production high. Visual tools can support an established or new lean workplace culture by reinforcing processes and standard workflows, providing safety reminders, and giving directional cues.

Where to Use Footstep Markers

Providing pathways or visual instructions for how an employee or customer should travel through your workplace or plant floor is important for efficiency and safety. Depending on how busy and what kind of work area you are entering, a variety of visual cues could point the way, including footprint floor markers. Employees and visitors can immediately identify the intended direction of foot traffic based on the orientation of the footsteps, then follow the outlined path to their final destination. Here are some of the most common and convenient options for using footprints in your facility: 

Clarify Queue Paths

Does your business need assistance in keeping customers or clients in line while waiting for services? Our Superior Mark footprints are the perfect cue to indicate where you want people to wait. Our floor tape is available in options for various floor materials such as concrete, tile, or carpeted areas. Our Superior Mark Carpet Tape comes with a heavy-duty hook and loop backing, making the footsteps easy to put down and take up if you need to change your layout design.

Mark Pedestrian Walkways

Use the footprint markers in any color to designate a pathway for employees to take through a workspace, warehouse, or plant floor. With many AGVs and other mobile equipment on plant floors, keeping employees safe and out of the way is important. Even though most AGVs and forklifts are equipped with safety equipment meant to protect against collisions, accidents still happen. The footsteps offer a visual cue of where it’s safe to walk.

Emphasize Routes for Emergency Evacuation

During an emergency, it’s imperative that employees can find a safe path to safety, especially if the lights or power goes out suddenly or in dark or dim areas. Supplement required markings for emergency exits and egress routes with footsteps that have a glow-in-the-dark coating. This coating automatically activates when the lights are low so employees can follow the footprints to safety in the dark.

Benefits of Superior Mark Footprints 

Across industries, heavy-duty, industrial-strength floor tape is a preferred method for delineating recommended paths for people and machinery. However, footprint markers can be a suitable alternative in some circumstances. And because our Superior Mark footprint decals are made from the same sturdy material as our floor tape, you can enjoy similar benefits in a convenient, pre-cut shape:

  • A range of color options allows you to customize your footprint markers to fit your needs or established color standards. Use yellow footprints to mark emergency exit paths, green to direct to first aid kits or eyewash stations, or red or orange to draw special attention or urge caution.
  • Glow-in-the-dark or photoluminescent coatings improve the visibility of footprint markings in low-light situations.
  • Recessed edges and highway-grade adhesive make our footprint markers especially durable and high-performing against heavy industrial traffic, including forklifts and cleaning chemicals and machines.
  • Like our floor tape, Superior Mark footprint markers are easy to apply and remove, making them ideal for Lean and 5s initiatives that require layout flexibility.
  • We also offer footprint markers made from our high-quality carpet tape for use in classrooms, libraries, municipal buildings, office environments, and other locations with low-pile carpet. 

Add footprint floor markers to provide visual cues throughout your facility. Made from durable, high-quality Super Mark floor or carpet tape, these easy-to-understand markers are designed to stand up to the heavy traffic of an industrial factory, warehouse floor, or public space. We’ll even send you a free sample box so you can see how Superior Mark Floor Tape outperforms every other brand of vinyl floor tape. For more on marking floors, explore our Resource Center

Sources:
https://www.visualworkplace.com/2015/01/04/the-visual-workplace-defined/