Pipe Marking: Valve Tags 101

Maintenance engineer overlooking pipes

3 min read Identifying and tagging the valves in your facility is an important component to any pipe marking strategy. There can be very serious consequences if someone from the maintenance crew or an operator is working to repair a pipe and opens the wrong valve because it’s not tagged. Taking the time to audit the pipes and valves and properly tag them will work to improve not only safety in the workplace, but also efficiency. Valve tags …

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Where do I start with pipe marking?

2 min read Undertaking a pipe labeling project can be a daunting task. Whether your facility has hundreds of pipes or just a few, it is important they are marked correctly! Those working on or around pipes in your facility, whether it be employees or emergency responders, will greatly benefit from well-marked pipes. Your first step in a pipe labeling project will be to learn the requirements. Having a good understanding of the standards that regulate your industry …

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Best Practices for Pipe Marking

2 min read Pipe marking can be a tricky project. With multiple sets of standards and no set OSHA regulations, it can be hard to navigate pipe labels. Below we’ve compiled a list of best practices that ensure your pipe marking strategy will be effective. Ensure the labels are placed for maximum visibility Pipe labels are only effective if they can be seen! A good rule of thumb is to place labels so they are visible from most …

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Pipe Labeling Requirements and Standards

Pipe Label Standards

2 min read Pipe marking regulations are not always as straightforward as others like PPE or HazCom standards. While OSHA has not put out specific regulations and standards for labeling pipes, OSHA does reference the ANSI/ASME standards. Following the ASME/ANSI A13.1 standard will keep you in compliance with OSHA recommendations. Where to put pipe labels There are four places on a pipe that should be labeled: Every 25’ to 50’ intervals along straight runs At all changes in …

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Pipe Marking Color Codes

2 min read Arguably the most important component of a label is the color. People working with or near a pipe will need to know the pipe’s contents and color can immediately communicate that. While OSHA does not have a set and sealed requirement for pipe marking, there are industry standards to draw from. Probably the most commonly used (and recommended by OSHA) standard is the ANSI/ASME A13.1 standard, which explains colors, text, size, and placement for pipe …

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Pipe Marking Made Simple and Easy

2 min read Many industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities have pipes running in nearly every direction in the ceiling, under the floor, or along walls. Dangerous situations are a huge risk when a facility has pipes carrying a multitude of different liquids and gases throughout the workplace. Standards for pipe marking have been put in place by ANSI and ASME to ensure safety. People working in your facility, visitors, and emergency responders can all benefit from clearly marked …

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