Why line marking is so important in a warehouse
Whether you’re a producer or distributor of goods, you’ll be aware of how important it is to effectively manage logistical processes which includes the storage and distribution of those goods. If a warehouse is run efficiently and effectively this can have a positive impact not only on your logistics cycle but on your bottom line as well.
What is line marking?
Line marking is a form of visual communication within a space. It is a pretty simple yet effective technique that uses lines to communicate with those that use the space. Line markings can be used to segregate a space, to improve navigation, ensure a space is safe and improve accessibility.
It can outline walkways, drive paths for equipment, specific storage areas and much more.
So, if you’re a warehouse owner or manager, you should be utilising this simple technique to make your warehouse a safer, more efficient space.
What are the benefits of line marking?
Warehouses are often busy spaces; a space filled with lots of goods, people that need to access those goods, as well as machinery and other ad hoc items can mean disaster if not managed properly. People need to get from point A to point B to access goods or accomplish a task, and they need to know the easiest, quickest and safest way to get there.
The health and safety of your employees should be at the top of your list. A warehouse environment can provide all sorts of obstacles and risks, however if it’s managed properly, it can be a safe and thriving setting. Line marking is always visible and is therefore a constant way of visually communicating with individuals that are using the space. It can alert employees of high-risk areas, direct them down certain pathways and inform them of designated zones. This allows employees to be constantly aware of the risks and therefore how they should behave within that area.
Taking safety into consideration directly affects the number of incidents that occur in a space. Accidents are unavoidable, they are bound to happen. However, having a safe, well-marked space will reduce the number of incidents that occur. Providing a space where employees feel comfortable and safe is crucial to a happy working environment, if your employees feel like their lives are at risk on a daily basis, this could negatively affect their mental health; they are bound to leave the organisation to find employment elsewhere.
Incidents not only affect staff, they also have a negative effect on the business, loss of products or damage to property can also be costly.
Utilisation of space
Line marking is the easiest way to keep a space neat and tidy and ensures that the space is utilised correctly. Having a messy underutilised space not only causes frustration, it doesn’t fully maximise the use of the space. What does this mean for you? A less efficient and less profitable space. There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to find what you’re looking for, so a messy warehouse space can demotivate staff. It can also cause all sorts of problems in the OH&S space; a messy space means more obstacles and poorer hygiene increasing risks for staff.
You also don’t have the chance to assess your space and determine if it could be utilised better. If items are stored neatly and correctly, it will give you the chance to review your storage system, and look for improvement opportunities; the more you can store, the more you can sell.
Line marking has a direct affect on efficiency; it improves it drastically. An increase in productivity is beneficial to everyone in the organisation, not only does it make the organisation more profitable, but it increases staff morale. If staff feel productive, they are more likely to be engaged and loyal to their employer.
Improved productivity, means a better bottom line, it’s as simple as that. Increasing efficiency means increasing output, and increasing output means increasing profits. Line markings make a space much more organised and are therefore a crucial part of an efficient space. A smooth flow within a warehouse means ease of use for all of those using the space.
Line marking plays a crucial role in making your warehouse efficient and safe. So, if you’re considering it for your space, here are some tips to help you with your warehouse line marking:
- Plan ahead: Ensure that you do a full assessment of the space and determine what is required; planning is crucial here.
- Keep it simple: Don’t overcomplicate your line markings. Remember that it’s a way of visually communicating with your employees, so you don’t want to confuse them.
- Test the practicability of your plan: Before marking the facility floor, it’s a good idea to do a test of the planned markings. This will determine if the line markings will actually improve productivity.
- Is temporary or permanent line marking required: If you have an evolving space, then consider a temporary solution. However, if you initially do permanent line marking, and need it to be changed in the future, line marking removal is also an option.
- Prepare the space: Ensure that the space is organised and prepared for when the line marking occurs.
- Use a professional service: If you want line markings that last under a lot of foot traffic, then using a professional service is the way to go. They will use high quality, durable materials that last. Redoing the floors time and time again interrupts operations.
- Use the correct colours: Similar to a traffic light system, people respond to different colours. Red means danger and so on.
Line marking can make or break a space, and is well worth the initial investment. It’s hugely important to making your warehouse an employee friendly space, decreasing risks and increasing productivity.
For expert line marking services, get in touch with Sydney Innovative Floor Tech today. We have extensive experience in the assessment, planning and execution of line markings, ensuring that you get the most out of your space. Our team can provide guidance and advice in regards to best practice and will ensure that you’re getting the most out of your space. Contact us to discuss your line marking plans today on 0434 359 588 or visit: www.innovativefloor.com.au to find out more.