Tips for Applying Building Demarcation Lines

demarkation linesDemarcation lines are necessary for any location where large quantities of people flow in and out on a daily basis. This is because people need to know where they can move, as well as when they need to stop approaching certain areas and/or when they need to continue on a certain pathway for situational purposes. Such lines help protect both employees and visitors while walking throughout a work space. The following information offers tips for applying building demarcation lines:

Regarding demarcation lines for landing areas, the lines can be wall-mounted, floor-mounted, or even both. Floor-mounted demarcation lines should be placed within four inches of the wall and extend to within two inches of the stripe on the leading edge of the landing location. These lines should also extend in front of all of the doors. In addition, these lines should not be applied to the sides of steps, nor be interrupted for a distance exceeding four inches.

Wall-mounted demarcation lines follow the same size, distance, and length requirements as floor mounted lines do. These lines should transition vertically to the floor and extend across. Wall-mounted lines should continue across the face of doors or transition vertically to the floor and extend in front. Wall-mounted lines should also not be applied to the sides of steps, nor be interrupted in the same manner as Floor-mounted lines. When wall-mounted demarcation lines transition to floor-mounted demarcation lines, or the opposite transpires, the wall-mounted demarcation line should transition vertically to the floor to meet the complimentary extension of the floor-mounted demarcation line so it can form a continuous line.

Obstacles that are exactly at or below six and a half feet in height, and project more than four inches into a path of egress should be outlined with a stripe marked with a pattern of alternating bands of and equal amount of both luminous (glow in the dark) and black material. The bands should not be more than two inches thick, and should be placed at a forty-five degree angle. Obstacle examples include standpipes, hose cabinets, wall projections, and height restricted areas. When bringing attention to obstacles, avoid placing the stripe where it might conceal any legible required information or set indicators, such as instructions for how to use certain equipment at the location.

Door hardware should be marked with not less than sixteen square inches of luminous (glow in the dark) stripes. The stripes should be placed either behind, adjacent to, or right onto the door handle. For doors with panic bars, the stripe needs to extend the entire length of the panic bar. Both the tops and sides of doorframes for doors leading to an exit should be marked with a one or two inch wide solid and continuous stripe. If the doorframe does not offer sufficient surface area for stripe placement, the stripe should then be placed on the wall that surrounds the doorframe.

You can peruse the GloBrite Systems website and find more information regarding tips for applying building demarcation lines, including tips on how the uniformity of demarcation lines should be handled.

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