Ways Of Using Retro-Reflective Tape To Make Your Factory Safer

I have always been someone who is interested in manufacturing, but a few years ago I started working harder on learning about the industry. I started visiting as many factories as I could, and before I knew it, I realized that there were a lot of things that I didn't know how to do yet. I started going to workshops and talking with real industry professionals, and it was really eye opening. This blog is all about learning about the people and processes that make all of our greatest inventions, and what you can do to create a better life for yourself.

Ways Of Using Retro-Reflective Tape To Make Your Factory Safer

Ways Of Using Retro-Reflective Tape To Make Your Factory Safer

30 September 2018
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Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog


If you have a factory that has areas which must keep the lights low because of materials that are sensitive to light, you may worry about keeping your workers safe in this darker environment. If so, consider the following way you can use retro-reflective tape to make these work areas safer.

Give Your Workers Vests with Tape Applied

When thinking about ways to use retro-reflective tape to keep your employees safer in dark conditions, you can start with the workers themselves. Since they must move around in dimly lit areas, other workers may have difficulty seeing them. 

This inability to see their coworkers could prove hazardous if they are transporting heavy items on a forklift. Even if the forklift has headlights, they may not be bright enough to illuminate other people until the lift is too close.

To help minimize this risk, give your workers vests with retro-reflective tape applied across the shoulders and down the back on both sides. When the headlights from the forklift shine on the strips, the light is reflected directly back to the driver, alerting them of someone's presence and allowing them to either stop or dodge the person on foot.

Line Walkways in Dark Areas of the Factory

Another potential safety hazard in a dimly lit factory is the inability to fully see the walkways. This problem is compounded when surrounding machinery has bright lights that could interfere with a worker's vision. If the person cannot see the direct, safe path through the factory, they risk fall or bumping into heavy or hot equipment.

This potential problem can be remedied by apply retro-reflective tape along both sides of all walkways on the factory floor. The beads tape will pick up and reflect even small amounts of light back to someone who is walking, helping to increase the visibility of the pathway.

Along with any walkways, you should also use the tape to make steps on stairways easier to see by applying a strip across the front of each step. Doing so can help reduce the risk of the worker missing a step or tripping over the edge of one that may have been too hard to see.

When you have to keep the work areas in your factory dim, retro-reflective tape can help improve visibility to keep your employees safer while they work. For more information, contact your retro-reflective tape supplier to discuss other ways to utilize this safety feature.

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I have always been someone who is interested in manufacturing, but a few years ago I started working harder on learning about the industry. I started visiting as many factories as I could, and before I knew it, I realized that there were a lot of things that I didn't know how to do yet. I started going to workshops and talking with real industry professionals, and it was really eye opening. This blog is all about learning about the people and processes that make all of our greatest inventions, and what you can do to create a better life for yourself.

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