Safety barriers are a wonderful asset for companies across particular industries. By increasing safety in the workplace companies adhering to relevant Health and Safety Regulations and taking care of employees. We have compiled some of the best pedestrian barrier safety tips to apply at work.

Tip One: What types of barrier safety is available? 

Firstly it’s important to interpret the options carefully and crucial in getting it right.  

Impact Protection Railings: Safety measures such as these work well in the separation and protection of pedestrians and machinery from forklifts and other vehicles. Sections in need of repair due to incidents are straightforward to replace. 

Fully Welded Steel Mesh Barriers: Employees are given the height of safety when mesh barriers are placed in walkways in manufacturing and warehouse areas. 

Steel Hoop Guards: Set apart pedestrians from work related vehicles with steel hoop guards. Protection is distinguishable and ideal for exits and entrances.  

Belt Barriers: With a few different types of belt barrier they have multiple purposes. Standard self-tensioning belts for example provides a smart way of managing queues. Alternatively, brightly coloured traffic belt barriers clearly define pedestrian areas.

Chain Stands: Whilst not as robust as the above, chain stands are optimal for pedestrian guidance. Areas can be cordoned off as and when required both indoors and outdoors.

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Tip Two: Remain Aware

Pedestrian safety barriers are a real asset in the workplace when used with care. 

  • Don’t block an exit
  • Ensure safety signs remain easy to see
  • Investigate the potential of floor tape, to avoid tripping hazards
  • Reduce the risk of pinch points 
  • Double check for any new blind spots

Tip Three: Inform Employees

With safety barriers firmly in place it’s necessary to brief teams on proper usage. If used as a deterrent to entry, is the barrier sturdy enough to be leaned against? Training sessions must be held ensuring all employees understand the purpose and nature of every barrier used. 

Tip Four: Visibility

The ability to clearly see pedestrian safety barriers is imperative. If they aren’t this could be even more hazardous than not having them at all. Barricade safety tape is most helpful in this situation, immediately drawing the attention of individuals. 

Tip Five: Beneficial Barriers

Whilst this might not be much of a tip, it certainly provides an informative overview to the benefits of safety barriers:

  • Increases the safety of employees and visitors
  • Expands security of vehicles entering the premises
  • Provides racking protection in factories and warehouses
  • Defends expensive machinery 

Are you currently utilising the dividends provided by pedestrian safety barriers? If not, why not?