Safety Barriers: Advantages of Assembling Enclosures, Fences, and Boundaries

Safety Barriers is having a defined and structured work area in a decision that must be taken sooner or later if we want our company to reach an optimal level of production.

Australia has many companies that face a difficult decision when it comes to modifying their workspaces due to the investment of time and money that this entails.

However, there are many advantages of delimiting the areas of your company thanks to different types of safety barriers or industrial enclosures.

  • Control of the different production areas.
  • Access control of personnel and workers by authorization and schedules.
  • Control of production by zones.
  • Delimitation of transit zones.
  • Separation of pedestrian users and industrial vehicles.
  • Greater safety barriers and capacity to prevent occupational hazards.
  • Ability to take measures adapted to each workspace.
  • Carry out a correct demarcation and marking of the work areas.
  • Pedestrian and vehicle signage.
  • Design of the machinery in accordance with the Australian standards of safety at work.
  • Safe and efficient industrial shelving and storage solutions.

Distribution of Operational Areas for the Installation of Industrial Enclosures or Safety Barriers

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When we have already delimited the different work areas that house both construction elements (such as stairs, columns, ramps, building floors, trusses, and roofs) as well as the different types of machinery, industrial shelving or common use areas, restricted access, areas difficult to access or non-passable areas, perhaps only for maintenance operations, we can carry out the enclosure and demarcation of the different areas through enclosures, fences, walls, safety barriers and security systems for machines and industrial shelves.

Standardazation, Testing and Resistance of Enclosures and Fences

When putting on the table the strategy to follow for the design or re-design of the workspaces of our company or logistics or production area, it will be essential that we have.

Professional consultants in industrial engineering, since from the panels, posts and fixings to platforms, industrial railings, fences and lifelines that have to be installed for the protection of personnel, must be designed, tested, manufactured and installed following a series of industrial standards according to the recommendations which will give us the guidelines for the endurance and resistance of the demarcation systems of future enclosure systems.

Evaluation of Work Areas

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When planning an installation of safety barriers or fences for machines in restricted access areas or even during the control of risk areas due to falls on upper floors or industrial shelves, it will be necessary to take into account.

A correct demarcation of the operational areas to take decisions such as the correct signaling and the logistical and productive control of each area, thus creating departments or logical phases that help each workspace to be delimited, controlled and thus be able to avoid both work accidents as well as excessive losses of productive time while traveling production stoppages or space problems in warehouses.

Work areas that we must

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When we think of factories, industrial buildings or large work spaces such as warehouses or shopping centers, we must take into account the different work areas that we need to demarcate when creating functional, efficient and productive work centers.

Imagine a factory that has been growing little by little. There will come a time when machinery will have to be replaced by larger industrial equipment, industrial racks and storage areas will gradually become transit areas with a greater flow of workers and, in addition, it will be essential to delimit restricted areas and apply the Corresponding signage complying with the different Australian regulations for industrial health and safety.

What work areas should we protect through safety barriers?

Among others, thinking about the Australian industrial fabric and its conjuncture of space and productive needs, we will take into account the most common work areas:

  • Exits and access and emergency doors.
  • High floors, hallways, trusses, stairs, ramps, and platforms.
  • Machinery and work robots.
  • Premises and facilities used for storage, taking special care with delicate areas that house explosive and flammable materials or dangerous substances.
  • Material handling equipment and vehicles: cranes, conveyors, industrial vehicles (forklifts and elevators).
  • Boilers and other equipment that work under pressure, presenting great danger.
  • Pipe networks for the transport of solid, liquid and gaseous substances.

Traffic lanes and pedestrian demarcation

Both inside and outside of work spaces, we will take into account the demarcation of the traffic routes of pedestrian users and work vehicles.

The different circulation areas have the function of protecting the users first, as well as the industrial racks and the rest of the facilities.

Both personnel and cargo vehicles, where they must be protected by installing firm railings or safety barriers painted yellow and black at a minimum distance of 60 cm from the machines or moving parts thereof to prevent direct access.

Likewise, the floor should be painted with yellow stripes 10 cm wide in a continuous line.

Joan Padilla

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