Caution and danger tapes are not just recommendations: they cordon off real hazards, warn of potential injury, and keep pedestrian traffic moving around the scene of an accident or breakdown. When employed in the right fashion, these yellow and red barrier tapes can prevent slowdowns all around your company’s lots and interiors – while saving lives.
Image360 RVA has caution tape that is guaranteed to meet your business’s individual challenges. We offer professional guidance that’ll inform and ease newcomers to signage. We give our clients creative rein, while fostering collaboration with our graphic design team.
With so much on the line, it’s important to get your barricades right. But with an abundance of options to choose from, including size, style, length, material, and thickness, there can be an overwhelming barrier to entry regarding the purchasing process. Continue reading to learn about the applications of warning and danger tapes, and which types to consider.
What is caution tape used for?
What is danger tape used for?
We hope you now understand the many applications red and yellow warning tape can have for your business, municipality, or government service. But what customization options should you consider when ordering barrier tapes?
Important Characteristics of Caution Tape to Consider
Because of the consistency and regulation of traffic signage, yellow is already associated with caution and an elevated level of awareness. Color can have an unconscious effect on our behavior as drivers, so it isn’t outlandish to suggest that same phenomenon may happen to pedestrians and patrons.
Due to this possibility, it may be better to adhere to tradition. Only use yellow for a low-hazard conditions that may result in moderate injury, at the most.
Red barricade tape should be reserved for indicating immediate, palpable danger. Death or serious injury may be a serious possibility in such situations. While not many business owners consider red tape a necessity, danger tape should be kept on hand in the event of an emergency.
If your intention is to meet compliance standards enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), you’ll have a limited ability to customize your caution tapes. The government agency states: “The standard color of the background shall be yellow; and the panel, black with yellow letters. Any letters used against the yellow background shall be black.”
The thickness of safety barricade tape varies from 1.5mm to 7mm. Though it’s important to note that the upper range of width, from 4mm to 7mm, is considered heavy-duty by most signage suppliers.
Thicker, polystyrene-fiber enforced tape is less likely tear under duress or bad meteorological conditions. We suggest you chose your thickness based on your budget and geographical location, since differing regions have unique weather patterns to combat.
With the advent of the latest scientific information on climate change, biodegradable barricade tape has become a hot commodity. And because they meet OSHA and ANSI regulations, going green has never been easier.
Consisting of non-woven cellulosic material derived from wood pulp, this style of caution tape harms neither humans, nor the environment. They are usually reabsorbed into the soil within two to five years.
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