Your warehouse is one of the most important aspects of your business, so taking the time to ensure your warehouse is properly striped is a no brainer. Line striping can be used to stay organized, increase efficiency, and many other benefits. Whatever your reasons for line striping your warehouse, ensuring you get the job done right is a top priority. However, line striping is not a one-time job. As foot and machine traffic wears down the paint over the years, you need to make sure that you are properly maintaining your warehouse. 

Why is line striping important? 

Line striping gives your warehouse a clean, professional look. However, in this article, we are not focused on the aesthetics of line striping. Line striping has many practical applications that can keep your business running smooth and efficient. Here are some major reasons why you should have your warehouse lined:

  • It is a best safety practice. One of the most detrimental hits a company can take is an accident that has occurred on company property.Making the lanes of traffic for your personnel and equipment visible and easy to understand can reduce the risk of these workplace accidents drastically.  One of the most common injuries in warehouses are forklift injuries. Clearly marking routes for forklifts, as well as foot traffic, is a great safety practice for your warehouse. You can also use line striping for other safety practices, like marking emergency exit routes at your facility. Designating loading zones and vehicle parking spots have also proven to be effective safety measures when line striping.
  • It improves productivity. Line striping makes everything easier to navigate in your warehouse. When your employees know where they are, and where they need to go at a glance, the ability to work efficiently is much more manageable. Clearly marking the location of different resources and equipment can save you valuable time and money. 
  • It complies with OSHA safety standards. According to OSHA, “all permanent aisles and passageways should be appropriately marked.” This is to ensure the safety of your personnel, both on foot and operating machinery.  It is extremely important that your employees know what different markings and their colorings mean, and should be heavily enforced through recurrent education. 

What colors can I use for line striping?

If you are considering line striping services in your warehouse, one of the first questions you may ask yourself will be, “What colors should I use in my warehouse?” While there are currently no government regulations on the colors used in line striping, the 5S Floor Marking Color Standard is the generally accepted safety marking standard. The colors for this standard, and what they represent, are as follows: 


  • Yellow- Work spaces and traffic lanes
  • Red- Defective or discarded material spaces.
  • Black and White- Areas kept clear for future operations
  • Red and White- Areas where safety equipment like fire extinguishers and first aid kits are kept
  • Black and Yellow. Hazardous areas
  • Orange. Inspection areas
  • White. Equipment that does not fall under any other color segment


As mentioned, these are the generally accepted standards for line coloring. Whatever colors you choose to use for your line striping, the most important note is to ensure your personnel have a clear understanding of the markings and what each color means. 

Mclean Company Industrial Line Striping

The Mclean company is a family owned business that has been in operation since 1979. With over forty years of experience, our professional industrial  flooring and painting services have been trusted by large industrial companies like FedEx, GE, and the YMCA

Mclean Company has serviced every type of commercial/industrial industry; including warehouses, manufacturing facilities, and schools. We understand the need for a flawless workspace, and our company strives to deliver the best results for each and every client we are called upon. 

One of the greatest benefits of working with the McLean Company is that we are a one stop shop for all of your industrial painting and flooring needs. Whether you need line striping services, dustproofing and floor sealing, or any other industrial renovation, our company can provide you with the services you need. 

If you need a quote for your industrial project, or you have a general question about one of our services, you can contact us through the form on our website, or give us a call at the office any time! Mclean Company prides ourselves on building lasting relationships with our customers, and maintains those relationships by providing the best quality services each and every time.