Rules for Line Painting Warehouse Floors

by Diane Stevens; Updated September 26, 2017
Merchandise Distribution Center, Warehouse

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has guidelines for floor markings to improve safety in warehouse operations. They allow aisle markers, for instance, to be set up in a way that best accommodates operations. Floors can be painted or tape can be used to best direct traffic. In areas where painting or tape is not practical, methods such as colored flags and traffic cones are permitted.

The Color Yellow

Aisles are marked in yellow, the color designated by OSHA for caution. Yellow is also used in areas containing a physical hazard that may cause tripping, stumbling or falling, such as a staircase. OSHA rules indicate that aisles must be marked and must be wide enough to provide safe clearance in areas with mechanical equipment, loading docks, doorways and turning areas.

About the Author

Diane Stevens' professional experience started in 1970 with a computer programming position. Beginning in 1985, running her own business gave her extensive experience in personal and business finance. Her writing appears on Orbitz's Travel Blog and other websites. Stevens holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from the State University of New York at Albany.

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