There is no denying it, times are indeed hard and business organizations can do with every coin saved. While businesses can do with cutting costs, it is crucial that every loophole that could lead to wastage and losses be water tight sealed. With billions of dollars being lost in workplace accidents, it calls for prudency in dealing with safety issues and an investment on the same. The existing safety standards and regulations recommend the use of warning tapes to safeguard the safety of the employees.
Traditionally, organizations used paint to highlight hazard zones and to give the direction of workflow. These were rather tedious as they required a lot of repainting and washing to maintain their gloss and functionality. With time most of these paint jobs flaked off leaving untidy marks and creating an inefficient environment. Today however, paint is no longer applied but rather warning tapes are utilized.
Importance of warning tapes
The key purpose of warning tapes is to inform and caution employees and other relevant persons of the dangers that may be lurking within the organization. They are used to mark hazardous zones and also provide appropriate course of actions to be taken to avoid these dangers. Safety within an organization can be effectively enforced if the employees are adequately informed of the danger zones as well as properly advised of how to handle perilous situations. It is the prerogative of the employer for instance to mark all containers or places containing hazardous materials. These markings have to be conspicuous as to catch the eye of every individual with a normal vision and the intended message has to be clear as not to confuse or be misinterpreted. By investing in these tapes, employers are escaping not only the accidents that might arise but also the punitive penalties imposed by the regulatory bodies should it come to light that an organization has a haphazard security system.
Where to place the tapes
Generally warning tapes should be placed in areas or zones that are considered hazardous and that would expose employees to serious injuries or fatalities. The key intention is to safeguard the health and the welfare of the employees. The workplace is accident prone and almost every corner you turn to is a den of danger. It is up to the employer to establish the places that pose more danger and erect warning tapes. These tapes come in a variety of colors and each color code has a specific and distinct meaning. Areas containing flammable materials have to be highlighted as a warning to any approaching staff to take precaution and not bring any object that can result to an explosion. Warning tapes are not only placed in areas of high hazard but also in areas of subtle concern such as pedestrian routes. These are some of the most important places within an organization especially those experiencing huge traffic flow. It is important that the employer highlights all these zones as in the end this will result to decreased rate of accidents and also loss of money and time.