When you have extensive piping infrastructure in your facility, it’s critical that you mark this properly with appropriate pipe markers.However, it can be just as important to keep those pipeline markers properly maintained, inspecting them regularly for signs of deterioration. This is especially important when preparing for safety inspections as degraded or improperly applied pipe markers are considered a violation of safety regulations.
But what should you look for during your maintenance cycle? Here are a few helpful guidelines to ensure your pipe inspections cover every base:
Tip #1: Check the Physical Condition of Every Pipe Marker
Pipe markers deal with adverse conditions such as extreme temperatures, dirt, grime and inclement weather. Always check for tears, peeling corners, faded colors or text, crumpling, cracks, scratches or air bubbles. Improve the durability of your pipe markers with damage-resistant overlaminates and seals.
Tip #2: Check the Pipe Markers’ Type and Placement
Many pipes carry hazardous substances or are dangerous to touch. This means they must be marked appropriately in noticeable locations. Pipe markers are best mounted on maintenance points and every part where a worker may be exposed to hazards. ANSI A13.1-2007 has more detailed rules for placement.
Tip #3: Check the Readability and Accuracy of Every Pipe Marker
Pipe marking should correctly specify the hazards present inside the pipes such as high temperature steam and dangerous liquids. Pipe markers must also be easily readable from a reasonable distance, with colors and text sizes conforming to regulatory standards. ANSI A13.1-1996 outlines appropriate colors and sizes for text and backgrounds based on the substances carried by the pipes.
Always be comprehensive and diligent when inspecting the pipe markers around your facility! It could mean the difference between safety and disaster!