Taking A Closer Look At Paint Colors And Their Associated Meanings In An Industrial Setting

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If you are like a lot of small business owners in an industrial setting, you will take on a lot of maintenance tasks on your own to keep costs low, specifically when it comes to tasks you can handle like industrial painting equipment and supplies. While it is perfectly okay to take small industrial painting tasks on without assistance, what you do have to keep in mind is there are safety measures in place where paint colors are concerned. here is a closer look at some of the paint colors you may find yourself using in an industrial setting and what their understood meanings actually are. 

Green, Neon Green, or Chartreuse

In industrial settings green is most commonly associated with safety. You could think of the color green as it is associated even on highways, such as a green light means it is safe to go. Because of this association, the color green is most often painted on things like first-aid areas or around specific safe-zones. For example, if you have an eye wash area in the building, the platform that houses the station could be green. Make sure you do not make the mistake of using green in or on things that could be deemed unsafe, as this color does have an unspoken connotation amongst most people. 

Yellow or Neon Yellow

In life, the color yellow is most often a signal to the population to take heed or be cautious of surroundings. In an industrial setting, the color radiates the same understood meaning. Yellow paint should be used in areas where caution should be taken. For example, if there is a part of the building that contains a lot of trip hazards, yellow paint could be used on the floor as a reminder. If you have pallet racking, yellow paint on it will be a reminder to stay alert to falling objects from overhead. Yellow is usually associated with warning labels or materials which could be corrosive as well. 

Red, Neon Red or Bright Pink

These colors are specifically associated with danger zones in an industrial setting, so you should take care to ensure you are not painting something red that really has no associated risks or dangers. Buckets containing flammable ingredients, areas where foot traffic would not be allowed, or even stop buttons on machinery are all good examples of things and areas where red paint and colors could be involved. 


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