Any facility requires plumbing system. It involves different pipes that transport contents to various functional areas. While there are standard plumbing system designs that need to be followed, pipes are typically seen in confusing tangles which makes it harder to identify their contents and which areas they are leading to. You surely heard common questions such as: “Is that pipe carrying sewage or water?” Where does this pipe lead and where can I find the shutoff valve in case of emergency?” These questions can be avoided with the application of simple yet durable labels, called pipe markers. Pipe markers aid in the quick identification of a pipes' contents - especially in an emergency situation. A sucessful pipe identification program helps employees, contractors and emergency responders to distinguish between pipes where there are several side by side. Pipemarkers also save valuable time when tracing lines is necessary during maintenance. are tags or labels attached to pipes to identify the contents, starting and ending point and other specifications related to a specific pipe. With many substances that need to be transported, such as gases, water, fuel and others, your facility may involve a combination of pipes. Without pipe markers, you're likely to lose track of identifying which pipe contains what substance.
Where should Pipe Markers be located?
AS 1345 specifies that markers be placed adjacent to all junctions, valves, service appliances, bulkhead and wall penetrations. Markers shall be spaced no more than 8m apart except for long, uninterrupted straight runs of external services where spacing shall not exceed 50.