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Floor Demarcation and Colour Referencing in the Workplace

Floor Demarcation and Colour Referencing in the Workplace

When it comes to 5S and floor demarcation in the workplace, there are many guidelines, of which many provide very little insight.

A quote often used is ““In lean manufacturing, the general rule of thumb is that anyone should be able to walk into a workplace and identify the flow of work being done within 60 seconds.”

Keeping this quote in mind, for someone venturing into this for the first time, finding the right information before implementation is a tough task. Many options are available for floor marking and signage products to allow you to begin optimisation of floor demarcation, which in the first instance will be a tough task without the correct information to hand.

Depending on the function of your workplace will naturally determine how you proceed, do you want to optimise what is currently working? Or do you want to start from scratch to improve the whole process? We believe that Heskins can help you provide a strong starting point by defining the regulated and approved colours to identify and optimise key workflow areas in your business.

Heskins products are always manufactured in regulation colours, from anti slip tape, to floor marking systems, Heskins products can be used to create a full, optimised workflow demarcation system. heskins-ltd-colour-guidelines

Demarcation Area Black

Demarcation Area Black

Workplace 5s Walkway

Workplace 5s Walkway

5S colours are as follows:

Yellow – Highlights an area that is to be treated with caution. Mainly used for aisleways and walkways, more often than not because these areas could cross with other working processes, such as forklift traffic or other foot traffic.

Red – Highlights danger or can relate to fire. Red alerts people or vehicles that they need to stop before proceeding, or to notify people where fire fighting equipment is available, if it of course can.

Blue – Marks out information, or can be used to hold equipment or machinery that is out of order.

Green – Notifies an area of safety, whether that be a first aid point or notice, or a walkway that is out of the way of potential dangers.

Orange – Used to mark out zones where vehicles are stored or for areas where vehicles operate. Combining yellow and red with this creates a traffic system that is safe and organised.

Black/Yellow – Notifies of potential hazards and to proceed with caution. Areas that store potentially harmful chemicals or areas that can only be entered with additional safety measures.

Red/White – Notification to keep an area clear at all times. Emergency access or electrical points are two such areas that benefit from these markings.

White – Indication of an area where production or work processes are ongoing.

Black – Completed jobs are put in these areas, indicating the job is complete.

For a full colour reference guide for Heskins products and general 5S colour references, you can download the colour reference guide heskins-ltd-colour-guidelines. The Heskins colour guide refers to regulations for all of Europe.

Heskins offer other colours, as well as custom production, so dependent on order quantities, you can get the perfect anti slip or floor marking solution for your workplace. Get in touch


Osiris Projects prepare to launch Bibby Athena

Seabed mapping specialists Osiris Hydrographic & Geophysical Projects are making final preparations to launch their latest custom build survey vessel ‘Bibby Athena.’

Due to launch before the end of 2014, Bibby Athena will build on the capabilities of the very successful sister vessel, Bibby Tethra, with a number of subtle changes to reflect the company’s development into a more challenging offshore market. Read more…

HUGIN AUV Chosen by Leading Survey Providers

World leading survey providers DOF Subsea of Norway, Fugro Geoservices of Lafayette US, and Northwest Maritime of Norway and AXA Engehnaria Submarina of Brazil have chosen Kongsberg Maritime’s autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) HUGIN for offshore operations. Read more…

RUD Lifting Points for Bolting – Safety in Lifting & Flipping Heavy Plant & Moulding Tools

RUD offer an extensive range of lifting and lashing applications which includes both welded and threaded types, covering a working load capacity range from 0.6 to 200 tonne. Offering over 270 different tested and certified lifting/lashing points, 210 of which are for bolting and 60 for welding. Read more…

Diana Containerships Inc. Announces the Delivery of Two Panamax Container Vessels and the Drawdown of US$75.5 Million

Diana Containerships Inc. (Nasdaq:DCIX), a global shipping company specializing in owning and operating containerships, today announced that the Company took delivery of two Panamax container vessels, m/v “Cap San Marco” and m/v “Cap San Raphael”, on Monday, February 6, 2012. Read more…

MHI to License Shipbuilding Technology to L&T Group of India

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has agreed with L&T Shipbuilding Limited (LTSB), the shipbuilding arm of India’s Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), under which MHI will provide a broad range of technological support to LTSB for construction of commercial vessels. The two companies will sign the technical collaboration agreement tomorrow. MHI has recently been proactively promoting development of its engineering business, centering on technology licensing, while LTSB has been seeking to strengthen its shipbuilding business through the introduction of technology from a leader in the field. In reaching the latest agreement, under which MHI will provide licensing and technology support, including training of LTSB engineers, the intentions of the two companies have thus converged. Read more…

GL Updates Rules for Inland Navigation Vessels

To ensure the continuing safety and promote the efficiency of inland waterway transport, Germanischer Lloyd Read more…

Damen Shipyards launches DAMEN.NL

As of November 1st, the new Damen website,, has officially gone live. The site has been structured according to Damen’s 10 Product-Market Combinations and navigation has been designed to be fast, simple and user-friendly. The new website aims to personalize content, enable infosharing and enhance client interaction.
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Rolls-Royce Wins First Order For Award-Winning Environship

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has received its first order for vessels based on the Group’s award-winning, highly efficient, Environship concept. Rolls-Royce will design and provide integrated power and propulsion systems for two technologically advanced cargo vessels, which have been purchased by Norwegian transportation company, Nor Lines AS. Read more…

Wärtsilä opens new Services workshop in Helsinki

Wärtsilä, a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions and services, opens new workshop facilities in Helsinki, Finland. The new facilities enable Wärtsilä to offer a wide range of workshop services with rapid response times. Operations in Helsinki began in the beginning of August 2011. Read more…

Kirby Corporation Completes Purchase of K-Sea Transportation Partners L.P.

Kirby Corporation (“Kirby”) (NYSE: KEX) announced today the completion of the acquisition of K-Sea Transportation Partners L.P. (“K-Sea”) (NYSE: KSP), with K-Sea becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Kirby.  K- Sea is an operator of tank barges and tugboats participating in the coastwise transportation primarily of refined petroleum products in the United States. Read more…

Mermaid’s Associate Asia Offshore Drilling Limited exercises first option for construction of newbuild jack-up drilling rig

Mermaid Maritime Public Company Limited (“Mermaid”) refers to its previous announcement concerning the USD 80 million private placement of new shares (“Private Placement”) by its associate Asia Offshore Drilling Limited (“AOD”) which will result in Mermaid and Seadrill Ltd. each having a 33.75% equal shareholding ownership in AOD. Read more…

Sustainable Marine Technologies (SMT) Reveals New Plat-O Project to Enable Tidal Marine Energy to Become Commercially Viable

Innovative integration engineering company Sustainable Marine Technologies (SMT) today (Tuesday 18 May 2011) reveals plans for PLAT-O, a major new project designed to help enable tidal and ocean current marine energy to become a commercial reality.
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Sustainable Marine Technologies Nominated For International Tidal Energy Award

Monday, Nov 22, 2010

Sustainable Marine Technologies (SMT), the innovative company creating practical engineering solutions for the marine renewable energy industry, has been nominated for ‘Newcomer of the Year’ in the inaugural international tidal energy awards 2010.
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“Multi-Strike” Electrodes Offer Safer, Cheaper Tig Welding

Thursday, Oct 28, 2010

A new recipe for TIG welding electrode material offers significant benefits in quality, cost, safety and ease-of-use, says its British developer. 
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Huntingdon Fusion: Plugs for every application

Wednesday, Oct 20, 2010

Whenever there are holes to be sealed temporarily for a myriad of applications, there is a plug or a stopper to fix the problem.
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Blank Rome Joins Forces With World Ocean Council

Leading maritime law firm supports international ocean sustainability alliance

Blank Rome LLP, an international maritime law firm, has joined the World Ocean Council, the international, cross-sectoral industry leadership alliance on ocean stewardship.

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Ocean Industries Join Forces On Sustainability

Ocean business leaders to tackle shared marine environmental challenges at the international Sustainable Ocean Summit
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Jurong Shipyard Achieves Early Delivery of West Orion

Jurong Shipyard, a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine, has successfully delivered West Orion, the third of four turnkey 6th generation semisubmersible drilling units built for Seadrill Limited on budget and 10 days ahead of original delivery schedule, with “zero punchlist”.
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Keppel fortifies market leadership in Brazil with new shipbuilding yard

Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), through its wholly-owned Brazilian subsidiary, Navegantes Maritime Construction and Services, has entered into an agreement with Brazil’s TWB Group to acquire the Estaleiro TWB shipyard in Navegantes, Santa Catarina. This acquisition is subject to the fulfillment of conditions by TWB Group.
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