Demarcation refers to the lines and markings placed on the floor as pointer/guides to visitors and staff. There are many forms such as health and safety signs, pedestrian walkways or areas that are out of bounds/No entry. Demarcation markings placed on the floor help to remind people of the health and safety rules that are in place. In addition, they are ideal for separating one larger space into different areas / zones.
Why is it important to have Demarcation lines?
Demarcation lines help to keep people separate from vehicles. Subsequently reducing the risk of accidents and injury.
- Area can be marked ‘Keep Clear’ to ensure fire exits are never blocked
- External visitors and staff can be directed from the entrance and through the workplace via clearly marked pathways so as to avoid dangers such as moving vehicles, machinery, and dangerous chemicals.
- Zones can be marked out to allocate space to store vehicles or to be used on aisle ways where vehicles operate.
Where should I put my demarcation line marking?
The markings are created in places that can potentially be unsafe, such as high-risk areas. Therefore, because the use of different colours and symbols highlights areas that need to be approached with greater caution, it is important that the lines/signage are placed at a suitable distance for the user to take heed.
What colour is best used for demarcation lines?
Warning zones and signage can be defined in any colour that stands out from the base colour. These colours derive from natures warning signs. In fact, studies show that white, yellow, red, and black are the most effective warning colours brandished by animals. In a similar manner to how traffic signs caution motorists, colourful markings on animals and insects are nature’s way of saying, Watch Out!
In industry, demarcation lines and signage can be marked out in just one colour. For example, Safety yellow, or combinations such as Red / orange and White or Black/Yellow. The typical use of colours are as follows:
- Yellow – To notify people to proceed with caution.
- Red – Signalling danger, or to relate to fire
- Black/Yellow combination – typically signals a health hazard or to proceed with extra caution
- Blue – Usually used to signal information, for example in factories and warehouses, blue is used to identify equipment that is currently out of order.
- Green – This always marks out safety, whether this is a first aid point or notice, or a safe walkway which is away from danger.
- Orange – Combined with white this combination is often favoured by the building trade and traffic cones.
Reversing the distance
The Howell Group, a HGV Logistics & Transport company, recognised the fact that demarcation lines were key when planning out their new HGV workshop facility in Minworth. Here they offer full vehicle maintenance for small vans up to HGV Traction/Trailers with Pre-MOT test facilities.
Firstly, to comply with Health and Safety standards, the 3 HGV pits, shaker plates and rolling roads were identified in Safety yellow. This signals to staff and visitors to proceed with caution.
Secondly, because reversing any vehicle can be tricky at the best of times, with HGVs being particularly difficult. Especially when doing so inside a building with limited turning space and machinery, white reversing lines were installed. By installing white reversing demarcation lines on the workshop floor, it was recognised that the driver has a clear view of the direction and angle they are reversing at. In addition to helping them comply with safety standards and run efficiently.
You may also want to read our blog on The Importance of Safety Yellow Lining – Farriers Automotive Limited.