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Health and Safety in Engineering Workshops: A Guide to Safety Marking

Health and safety is a scary task for many of us. It can be overwhelming thinking that you’ve got to tackle so many hazards in order to have a safe environment. However, if you start attacking it tactically, and making each area safer, you’ll be fine! Safety marking is one aspect you need to think about, so lets start there.

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In engineering workshops there are lots of designated areas and more that need to be marked in order to be clear and safe. Read on to find out how you can make sure your engineering workshop has the right measures in place when it comes to safety marking.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, you need to make sure anywhere vehicles are passing through is clearly marked. You need good signage and safety markings to make sure that it’s clear to all that traffic is passing through. Safety markings are also incredibly useful to demonstrate escape and evacuation routes.

So how do you go about it? Look at a floor plan of your environment and think about how people and vehicles need to get in and out of your building. Think about fire escapes, vehicle routes, evacuation routes, danger zones, safe areas and anything else that you think should be clearly marked.

Next you can start thinking about putting your safety marking into place. It’s not as difficult as it sounds! There are three methods you can try – all achieving fantastic results.

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Method: Painting

For some areas of your workshop, you may want to use a paint to put your markings in place. This can give you freedom if perhaps you need to put shapes or text in place on the surface. Blackfriar Professional Line Marking Paint is ideal for concrete, asphalt or painted surfaces, maybe in your carpark or in any areas where people are working and making things. This quick dry paint will give you a durable finish, and as it’s quick drying you won’t have much downtime. This can be very important in a busy engineering environment!

Method: Heat application

Don’t worry, heat application isn’t as scary as it sounds. It’s actually quite simple. Ennis-Flint Prismo Flexiline comes in preformed lines, letters, numbers and symbols making it easy for you to add any graphics, text or logos you may need. For example, in an engineering workshop you may want to mark on the floor in safety lettering, what takes place in that specific area. With Ennis-Flint Prismo Flexiline all it needs is one person to install it with a gas torch, for permanent safety marking. It’s also sets fast and can be used on different flooring surfaces around your workshop.

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Method: Spray painting

For some jobs, you may prefer to use a spray paint, particularly if you want to use a stencil. Rust-Oleum Line Marking Paint comes into ready to use cans and are great for a variety of purposes. You could even use this paint to spray hazard signs on to flooring around the workshop!

Now you can get started on updating or putting new safety markings in place in your engineering workshop. If you have any questions or need some advice – just ask Rawlins Paints!

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