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Do you know how to demarcate your stacking and storage areas?

by , 28 February 2014
Demarcating is when you set or mark boundaries or limits. You do this to separate or outline an area. Continue reading to find out how to demarcate your stacking and storage areas.

Follow these guidelines when demarcating your stacking and storage areas

Regulations 8 of the General Safety Regulations gives guidelines to stacking and storage practices in the workplace.

What does it say about demarcating stacking and storage areas?

Well, there's no rule for demarcation as every factory and workplace is different. That said, the Health & Safety Advisor gives four examples of what and where you can demarcate.

Example #1:

  • Area to demarcate: Aisles and walkways.
  • How to demarcate: Paint your walkways and put up signs that show that the area is for pedestrians only.
  • Suggested colour: Green is normally the colour that's used in health and safety. You must outline with a yellow line.

Example #2:

  • Area to demarcate: Paths of mobile plant travel, for example, forklift trucks, pallet jacks, versi-loaders, cherry pickers and scissor lifts. These items are manually operated and normally move up and down.
  • How to demarcate: You must paint your floor area where you use this equipment. Put up signs to show what type of machinery or equipment is used to tell people what to look out for.
  • Suggested colour: The normal colour used in the industry is black with yellow outline.

Read on for the last two examples...

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Example #3:

  • Area to demarcate: Storage areas.
  • How to demarcate: You must paint your floor that you identify as your storage areas.
  • Suggested colour: The recommended colours are brown or grey. You must outline with a yellow line.

Example #4:

  • Area to demarcate: Where you place your fire equipment. You're not allowed to store anything in front of your emergency equipment.
  • How to demarcate: You must paint your floor and wall in red. The square on the floor must be at least 1m x 1m, where the equipment is placed.
  • Suggested colour: You must demarcate your emergency equipment area with a red square painted on the floor. Outline with a yellow line.

There you have it. Now you know what and how you to demarcate in your stacking and storage areas, take a look at the ten basic rules for stacking.

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