In virtually every industry, if you look up toward the ceiling, or under the floor, you will find pipes running in nearly every direction. These pipes transport a wide-range of different things to different areas within a building so that everything can function properly.
At first glance, it will seem that these pipes are positioned randomly, and it would be very difficult to determine what each one contained, and where it was going. Companies that follow the ANSI pipe labeling standards will be able to easily see what is in each pipe, which direction the contents are flowing, and other essential information.
This helps to ensure the facility can operate safely by reducing the risk of someone opening a faucet on a pipe without knowing what will come out. It also makes it much easier to find the source of leaks and other problems that can occur.
Many people expect that the way pipes are marked would be regulated by OSHA or some other governmental agency. The fact is, that while OSHA does recommend following the ANSI/ASME standards. While this is not technically required, OSHA could issue citations on basic workplace safety violations if someone where hurt or there were other issues that would have been prevented by having proper pipe markings.
Whether your facility is just looking to improve safety and efficiency, or you want to get in line with industry best practices, a good pipe marking strategy is a must. Fortunately, the pipe marking standards are easy to understand, and making the labels is quite simple.
The following brief posts will answer many of the most common questions related to pipe markings. When it comes time to install the labels, you can either order them as needed, or if you have an industrial label printer, make them right on site on demand.