Basic instructions for pipe label design, and placement will help to improve facility efficiency and increase safety through visual communication.
Pipe Marking Importance
· Safety-Eliminate accidents by minimizing identification errors.
· Efficiency-No wasted time tracing pipes to their source.
· Compliance - Reduce company liability and eliminate fines.
PIPE IDENTIFICATION STANDARD
The standard specifies the primary and secondary means of identifying pipe contents, as well as the size, color and placement of the identification device.
PRIMARY PIPE IDENTIFICATION
- Obtain a legend list of all pipe contents in your plant.
- Collect the following data on your piping systems (this may require tracing lines to determine quantities and sizes):
– Pipe contents
– Outside diameter of pipe (including insulation)
– Quantity of markers needed per ASME/ANSI A13.1 or other standards
– To/From information
– Location of specific legends by area (for aid in installation)
***Note: You may be able to use blueprints or P&IDs if they are current instead of walking down all of your lines. Seton also offers Take-Off Services to help you determine your pipe marking needs.
- Select color of marker.
Other color codes may also be acceptable, as long as your choices are consistent and documented, and the affected workers are trained to understand the system.
Use clear and simple terms to identify the contents of each pipe.
Text should be easy to read from a distance
Use a sans-serif font such as Arial or Helvetica
Source: Creative Safety Supply & Graphic Products
Indian Safety Association