PIPE MARKING - Applications
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The most common code for pipe marking is the ANSI/ASME A13.1, but it isn't the only code you should be aware of. There are codes for just about any pipe marking application.
ANSI A13.1 Pipe Markers - This code is the same as the ASME A13.1 code. These are the standards that apply to most facilities and pipe markers. Whether it is an oil refinery or a gourmet restaurant, ANSI A13.1 applies.
Ammonia Pipe Markers (IIAR) - This standard is published by the International Institute For Ammonia Refrigeration. It applies to ammonia pipes used in cooling and refrigeration systems. This standard has also been adopted by some facilities for ammonia pipes used for other applications.
Medical Gas Pipe Markers (CGA) - this standard applies to medical gases used in hospitals and other medical facilities. The ANSI A13.1 standard applies to the non-medical gas pipes in these same facilities. Medical gas pipe marking is a critical application because of the severe consequences than can result from mistakes.
HVAC Pipe Markers - ANSI standards for pipe marking also apply to Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment. However, additional requirements for container HVAC related labeling is set by ASHRAE and ARI.
Marine Pipe Markers - Marine pipe markers use an international standard (ISO 1476-2) that defines the color and design of pipe markers used on ships.
Commercial Buildings - The ANSI pipe marking standard applies to commercial buildings, but because of the large number of applications and destinations for pipes, additional labeling may be required to adequately identify pipes.
Conduit Labels - The same DuraLabel printers that make pipe markers are suitable for making conduit labels and markers. For example, self-laminating "wire markers" are excellent for labeling conduit and tubing used in pneumatic systems.
Code Compliant Pipe Marking - What are some general rules of thumb to follow when inspecting or installing pipe markers? This link goes to a web page that provides an outline of what should be done to assure complete, code compliant pipe marking.
Australian Pipe Marking Standards - All pipes and containers of hazardous substances must be appropriately labeled to provide a safe work environment. Using color to identify the contents of pipes, conduits, and ducts should follow the Australian Standard AS 1345.
British Pipe Marking Standards - The Health and Safety (Safety Signs & Signals) Regulations 1996 require employers to properly mark visible pipes in the workplace which contain or transport dangerous substances. Using colour to identify the contents of pipes, conduits, and ducts should follow the British Standard BS 1710.
European Pipe Marking Standards - Visible pipes containing or transporting dangerous substances and preparations, must be labeled in accordance with directives 67/548/EEC and 88/379/EEC.
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