Best practices for safe demarcation of work areas
In technical terms the words “best practices” are used to refer to a series of strategies, operations and procedures aimed at obtaining a specific result in a certain field, and in the best way possible.
This term is used extensively by top level companies – especially in the industrial field – to describe design ideas or methodological approaches, but also practical and functional solutions which make it possible to reach a good level solution to a specific problem. These procedures are normally summarised in full-fledged Best Practices manuals.
Thus, in this sense, it should not be surprising that even the concept of demarcation of, temporary or other work areas, is subject to a series of best practices. For example, imagine the need to protect the health and safetyboth of operating personnel and people who access construction sites or work areas where machinery is present or particular and potentially hazardous operations are in progress. The protection of third parties, i.e. all of those who transit in the concerned spaces, is thus the basis of best practices in demarcation of work areas.
Generally, access to potentially hazardous areas must be able to be prevented via the application of robust fences equipped with specific signs. In practice, this means that it is necessary to affix barriers, demarcations or at least signage both on the perimeter of the work area – where possible – in correspondence of the access areas. The operation turns out to be more complex in temporary jobs.
The general indications for safe demarcation of areas indicate, inter alia, that:
- The barriers or demarcations must remain for the entire duration of the job
- They must be immediately visible and recognisable both by workers and simple visitors or passers-by
- They must clearly signal the demarcation or prohibited entrance
- They must be easily removable if needed
It is clear that the concept itself of best practices is the result of the company’s experience and expertise, and its ability to set up efficient solutions for demarcation of work areas and thus protection of third parties. However, at the same time, no best practice can be implemented without the support provided by the right tools.
FASB Tools, specialised precisely in the proposal of efficient and effective demarcation solutions, works daily in synergy with companies and other contacts in various fields to make temporary work areas safe, mainly of a maintenance nature, by offering a solid, resistant, safe and highly customisable product but also and above all effective in signalling and particularly practical. We believe that these characteristics are absolutely indispensable for any operating tool, which, like a real appendage of the operators, should always be quick and functional and, thus, effective.