Maximize safety through the implementation of traffic management plans

Without acquiring your own custom traffic management plan, little information can be found on traffic management best practices in manufacturing facilities. And no manufacturing facility needs a detailed traffic management plan more than food and beverage manufacturers.

One of the fastest growing industries in Australian manufacturing, food and beverage manufacturing facilities are fast-paced environments with little room for error in both quality and safety. There are frequent changes within these facilities, with areas being reallocated to manufacture a new product line or expand current production.

But ensuring and maximizing security shouldn’t be difficult – and often it isn’t. There are a few key things to keep in mind when developing a traffic management plan. The first is visibility. You cannot be sure that all employees will or will be able to read the signs. So whenever possible, use symbols and line marks.

The second is consistency. If an exclusion zone is marked in black and yellow, all exclusion zones must be marked in black and yellow – unless they serve a different purpose. This will allow employees to understand the markings and continue in accordance with them.

Let’s take a look at some interesting examples of maximizing safety in various installations.

traffic managementIn the example below, this dairy manufacturer had problems with a step near a main production line that became slippery during production and washing. The step has been reformed, to a clean, neat step, finished in a bright orange (who wouldn’t notice?), with a medium slip film to reduce the risk of slips.

Remember, visibility is key.

Another example of visibility is shown in a loading area at a large food packaging facility. Below, this particular company wanted to make it as clear as possible that no pedestrians should cross this area.

Whenever possible, use bright colors, such as red, yellow, orange or green for walkways. Black should be reserved for exclusion zones.

traffic managementThe image below shows a truck loading area, with a path at the back of the area, to ensure that pedestrians walk along the path, and not into the loading area.

There are many ways to increase the security of your installation. For advice on traffic management or help with implementing strategies, please contact our team.

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