Labelling of pipes in the workplace is required by the health and safety regulations. Workers need to know what the pipes carry if there is a possibility that they will come into contact with the pipes or their contents. One of the easiest ways to do this is to have identification tape on the pipes at the points where the worker might touch them.
There are guidelines available on the different colours needed to show which pipe is carrying which substance. There is a whole range of pipemarking labels available that can be easily applied to pipes to make them identifiable at a glance.
The labels are generally made from vinyl that has been strengthened by using a polypropylene film to overlaminate the surface. This gives the tape protection from wear and tear and helps to make it stronger. The tapes are designed to withstand a range of temperatures from -40°C to +70°C, making them suitable for water, gas and chemical pipes in a variety of different working environments. Tapes are available in different widths, depending upon requirements. There are also custom design options available for those who have very specific requirements. The tapes are very simple and quick to apply and no specialist training is needed. The health and safety implications of not marking pipes can be far-reaching but by colour coding, accidents can be easily avoided and the safety of staff ensured.