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Floor Marking

Solutions and Advice

High Visibilty Paint   This document is meant as a guide, more information on the featured products is available online and in our catalogue. There are also datasheets and safety sheets available for every product for download on the website.

Maintaining a safe environment for people, whether it’s closed or open to the public is extremely important. This document will detail the products available and the correct use to guarantee a safe, clear and complete floor marking solution.

Floor marking is used for a variety of reasons but the main purpose is to make people aware of boundaries in their working environment. A system should clearly identify walkways, product storage areas, parking bays, traffic routes and ‘keep clear’ zones.

Watco provides a large range of floor marking solutions that can be applied to most surfaces under almost any condition.

In the workplace

  • Fork lift trucks account for more serious accidents at work than cars and HGVs combined
  • A death in the UK due to a fork lift accident occurs on average every six weeks • 229 workers were killed at work in 2007/2008
  • 34 million working days were lost overall to work- related illness and injury
  • The annual bill for employers in payouts and costs for accidents and injuries at work is £7.8 billion
  • Any site used for manoeuvring, vehicle parking or open storage must be adequately surfaced for its use and have clear signage and marking for the protection of pedestrians from vehicles and other hazards as required by the Workplace (health, safety and welfare) Regulations 1002 and the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996.
      Car parking

    Car parks must be clearly labelled and set out to allow for adequate pedestrian movement and visibility.
    You must also consider providing suitable parking for people with disabilities. The proportion of disabled spaces to be provided by law at any given development is subject to local planning guidance and enquiries should be taken there.
    Typically a standard parking bay is 2.4m x 4.8m and a typical disabled person bay is 3.6m x 4.8m, which includes the 1.2m transfer zone. The bays need to be clearly advertised and promoted to other car park users as well as being easy to differentiate from the standard parking bays.
    The DFT produces a document for free on their website,, which sets out recommendations for parking spaces for people with mobility impairments.

    Planning for Pedestrians

    Line marking for pedestrian traffic allows you to control traffic flow, hazardous areas and keep people out of restricted areas. When designing line markings for pedestrian access it’s important to consider the pedestrians safety and how the pedestrian and vehicular routes intersect. We recommend following the following rules:
    1. Pedestrians shouldn’t be placed in direct contact with vehicles or machinery
    2. Pedestrians shouldn’t be placed in direct conflict with traffic (public or private)
    3. All pedestrian footpaths should be safe and comparable to pavements or public footpaths in design, as well as clearly marked and labelled
      Choosing the right product for the job.

    When designing your line marking solution there are a few things to consider. Not all jobs are the same, but thankfully we have a wide selection of products that should cover all possibilities.
    A few things to consider:
  • Will the area experience heavy traffic?
  • Will it be wet and slippery?
  • Are chemical spillages likely?
  • What is the surface material?
  • Is interior or exterior marking required?

  •   Watco Products

    Safety Tape
    Uses: Instant slip resistance for steps, ramps, paths, floors, vehicles etc.
    A range of slip resistant, self adhesive tapes for use on concrete, wood, metal and painted surfaces.

    Epoxy Grip Strip
    Uses: Ideal for internal and external steps, ramps, entrance ways, around machinery, decking etc.
    Strips of Watco Epoxy Grip Strip can give a more attractive finish than a conventional coating. On outdoor steps it also allows rainwater to drain away more easily. For use on concrete, wood, tiles, marble and other hard or painted surfaces.

    Uses: Marking out areas for plant installation, identifying key boundaries on a temporary basis etc.
    Watco Tapeline is a high quality vinyl tape for general light industrial use and temporary line markings. Watco Tapeline can be applied by hand.

    Permanent Line Marking Strips
    Uses: Marking out loading bays, keep clear areas and hazard areas.
    Watco Permanent Line Marking Strips are made from a semi rigid, very durable material for a longer lasting line than traditional PVC tapes. They can be used outdoors on non-porous surfaces or sealed concrete, providing the surface is clean and dry.

    Easy Marking Tape
    Uses: Marking out car parking bays and pedestrian routes (e.g. zebra crossings). It can also be used to mark out hazardous and safe areas.
    High specification adhesive lets you reposition the tape without leaving a mark. Once cured (about 24 hours) the adhesive is virtually permanent.

    Heavy Duty Line Marking Tape
    Uses: Marking out safety routes, escape routes and hazardous areas.
    Use it inside and out to mark down hatching for loading bays and ‘keep clear’ areas. The new photo luminescent grade is off-white and translucent in the light. Once the lights go off it glows for up to 30 minutes with a yellow/green colour, showing safe exit routes or hazardous areas even in the dark.

    Uses: Clearly highlights step edges and trip hazards.
    Most paints are worn out very quickly by the regular foot traffic on step edges. This coating can be applied as a single, quick drying layer and is based on a 2 part epoxy for maximum abrasion resistance.

      Watco Products (cont.)

    Rocol ® Easyline® Edge Airflow
    Uses: marking out lanes and pedestrian access routes as well as Safety edging.
    The Easyline Edge Airflow Applicator uses a new patented system to create sharper, cleaner lines than can be achieved with any other aerosol system. A small battery-powered fan controls the airflow around the nozzle to direct the paint spray precisely where it is needed.

    Slip Resistant Epoxyline
    Uses: Hazard marking especially in heavy duty areas where spillages are common place.
    A line marking paint with fine, traction enhancing particles embedded in a tough epoxy resin coating. It is easily applied by brush, with no need to scatter an aggregate or back roller the coating.

    Thermoline Lines, Numbers and Symbols
    Uses: Marking lanes or bays in warehouses, car parks, playgrounds etc.
    It is designed for roadways, warehouses, pavements, car parks and any heavily trafficked areas. Can be used both indoors and out and adheres to concrete, tarmac, asphalt, brick, masonry, metal and similar surfaces. The Watco Thermoline system combines the longevity and excellent adhesion of thermoplastic with ease of application.

    Sprayline Plus
    Uses: Definition of key areas on factory floors, car parking spaces etc.
    The Watco Sprayline Plus system is designed for fast, easy line marking in general industrial and medium wear environments.

    Easymark Line Marking
    Uses: Marking out hazardous areas, especially susceptible to chemical spillage.
    Marking out car parks and loading bays. Resistant to most chemicals and suitable for indoors and out, Watco Easymark is designed for fast, easy line marking in general industrial and medium wear environments.

    Uses: Marking pedestrian routes in car parks and lines in children’s play areas.
    A brush applied solvent free line marking paint designed for use on asphalt, concrete and tarmac surfaces. Ideal for car parks and medium use areas.

    Safety Colour Paint
    Uses: Improve awareness of safety throughout your premises, colour code areas for safe and clear guides as to hazardous zones or fork lift use.

      Watco Products (cont.)

    Roadmarker Reflective
    Uses: Private roads, car parks, industrial floors and school playgrounds.
    Roadmarker Reflective contains fine glass beads, which reflect light from the back of each bead to give a brighter appearance. The glass beads are extremely hardwearing and also give the surface greater slip resistance. Watco Roadmarker Reflective can be used on bare concrete, asphalt or painted floors and may also be used on aged blacktop, thermoplastic coverings, and most types of painted lines and floor paints.

    Uses: Private roads, car parks, industrial floors and school playgrounds.
    Watco Roadmarker can be used on bare concrete, asphalt or painted floors and may also be used on aged blacktop, thermoplastic coverings, and most types of painted lines and floor paints.

    Permaline GRP
    Uses: Warehouses, loading bays, production areas, car parks, public areas etc.
    Watco Permaline GRP is a new concept in line marking which provides virtually permanent high–visibility yellow or white lines. Use in the most demanding areas where painted lines wear out or just fade away. The oil and chemical–resistant wipe clean surface makes the product ideal for marking around machines.

    High Visibility Paint
    Uses: Ideal to highlight hazards, such as low beams, trip hazards or snag points. Can be used for line marking walkways or playgrounds.
    Watco High Visibility Paint is easy to apply by brush or roller, which can be cleaned easily with water.

    Uses: Ideal for heavily trafficked areas, areas subject to chemical spillage.
    Watco Epoxyline is a brush applied, epoxy resin, heavy duty line marking paint with excellent resistance to abrasion and harsh chemicals.

    Floor Stickers
    Each sign is 430mm diameter and designed to highlight warnings or special industrial and Health & Safety requirements.

    Uses: Signage for car parks, pavements, floors, walls and loading bays.
    High quality, heavy duty PVC stencils. Select from ten Message Stencils or make your own signs using the Letter and Number Kits (comprising 0-9 and A-Z).

    Floor Signalling
    A range of inexpensive high visibility yellow markers to highlight walkways, forklift truck routes and pallet positions on a warehouse floor.

    Types of Floor Marking avaliable

    Zebra Crossings
    To be used where pedestrian and vehicle paths cross. Zebra crossings have the highest visual impact and are instantly recognizable and understood.

    Hatched Boxes & Areas
    Hatched boxes are suitable for areas that should be kept clear at all times, for example outside fire exits or doorways and in areas of high traffic where the roadways need to be clear of potential hazards.

    Marshalling Lane Numbering
    Marshalling lane numbering is the practice of labelling lanes to clearly define specific lanes for storage or to filter traffic into groups. Marshalling lanes need to be clearly labelled and easy to follow. If they are one way, it is important to make sure that this is obvious.
      Marking Specific Areas
    Whether it’s marking loading bays or areas for specific vehicles, it’s best to have a clearly defined area, with signs on floors and walls to make it clear what these areas are for. Table 1 shows colours and a recommended use for each. This scheme applies to paints and tapes.

    Drive through Hatches
    Drive through hatches are a simple yet very effective safety idea. When used in conjunction with signs and reflective dome mirrors they can significantly reduce the risk of serious accidents.

    Marking out Fire hydrants/hoses/extinguishers/stairs/doorways/
    Mark a box around required areas with diagonal lines from corner to corner.

    Safety Edging
    Safety edges on stairs and ramps. Marking the edges of lifts or any other movable platforms.


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