Basics of Pipe Marking Safety Regulations
Pipe marking is essential for workplace safety. Here are a few of the basic regulations governing the issue.
For instance, pipes at an industrial facility often contain hazardous materials. Just like any other container that stores hazardous materials, piping systems should be labeled to make people aware of the hazards.
While companies should provide the safest work environment possible without outside influence, there are centralized safety standards provided by The American National Standards Institute (ANSI/ASME). There have a voluntary standardization system in place that requires its constituency of private and public sector organizations to properly mark hazardous materials in piping systems.
Whether you are a worker just interested in what to expect in regards to pipe safety labeling or a upper level management responsible for implementing safety procedures, here is what is expected:
One of the purposes of having centralized regulations for pipe marking safety is that there is one set of safety rules that can be used if/when workers go from one facility to the next. In addition to worker safety, uniformity is also important for emergency response workers who need to know the nature of an injury which would correspond to the labeling features, since they are unique to each type of hazard (as you will see in the list below).
According to A13.1, the color should be used to identify the hazards contained in pipes. However, regulation does not apply to buried pipes or electrical conduits.
Pipe markers are assigned a color depending on the nature of the hazard:
Untold numbers of workplace injuries and property damage have occurred due to worker error in turning valves or disconnecting pipes at the wrong time or place. The ANSI pipe marking safety standards help minimize these errors, prevent injuries and even save lives.
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Jason Knapfel is Content Manager at Webfor, an Internet marketing company. One of their clients is Precision Label Products, Inc., who offers high quality products related to workplace safety, including their Precision 345P, a Duralabel-compatible printer that provides big cost savings and versatility as compared to pre-made pipe marking labels.