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Why it’s Important to Label Pipes

Why pipe labels are important

2 min read Marking pipes in industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities can help make a workplace safer and more efficient. When pipes are clearly labeled, fewer accidents involving injuries and damage to property occur. If the people working in your facility—and even visitors and emergency responders—cannot easily see what flows through a pipe, this problem can lead to dangerous situations. Pipes might be misidentified, or someone might not even consider the hazards related to a particular substance because they do not know it’s present. Improperly labeled pipes can also compromise the efficiency of your workplace, as employees may need to spend extra time figuring out what travels through a pipe during repairs. Furthermore, many industries have specific standards for labeling. For example, healthcare facilities are subject to specific requirements for pipes carrying medical gases, while marine vessels must use special color-coding. Most facilities, however, should follow the ASME/ANSI A13.1 standard for pipe marking, …

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Pipe Marking: Valve Tags 101

2 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 are a fairly straightforward concept: a simple tag placed on valves to communicate the pipe’s contents but labeling every individual valve in a workplace can seem like a strenuous task. Below we have gathered some best practices and piece of advice you may find helpful whether you’re going to use valve tags for the first time or you want to refresh your facility’s current program. Know what goes on a tag: Valve tags communicate important …

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Pipe Labeling Requirements and 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 direction (on both sides of the turn) At both sides of entry points through floors and walls Next to all flanges and valves While ANSI/ASME standards recommend labeling every pipe in the facility, OSHA requires pipe labels in the following circumstances: When pipes contain hazardous substances Contents of pipes could impact emergency procedures The flow direction or destination of contents is unknown Maintenance requires that valve(s) be shut off or flow be redirected. Formatting a …

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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 labels. Following a standard like the ANSI/ASME standard can ensure all departments within a facility are using the same colors and workers from all departments can be easily trained on the meaning of pipe label colors. Color Combinations Yellow with black lettering: Used for flammable contents Green with white lettering: Potable water Blue with white lettering: Compressed air Red with white lettering: Fire quenching Orange with black lettering: Toxic or corrosive Brown with white lettering: Combustible …

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