Valve Tags are Essential to Pipe Identification
An effective marking strategy for pipes goes above and beyond merely labeling the pipes. It also includes using tags. One of the most overlooked efficiencies and safety aspects of the facility is using identification markers like these. This is because many people believe valves and pipes are a simple system, running in the background, not requiring much thought. However, systems inappropriately labeled, serve as a dangerous safety hazard.
Learning to use tagging properly may be of interest to your facility. Or, you may be looking to improve how your facility is using this type of identification. Either way, you’ll benefit by understanding why these are essential to pipe identification.
Inland Products offers:
- Valve Tags in a choice of Brass, Aluminum, Stainless Steel or Plastic
- Custom Engraved with logos, text and numbering are all standard
- Metal Tags for maximum durability
- Plastic Tags for lower cost
Read on to learn more about valve tags…
What Are Valve Tags?
Valve tags are a type of identification marker used to specify the function and content of a pipe that a valve operates. These markers can be made of Brass, Anodized Aluminum, Stainless Steel or Plastic. But, choosing the material for your marker depends on the unique needs of your facility.
Your means of identification could range in size from a small round, big enough to hold a few numbers, up to a large square that holds more detailed essential information. Whatever your particular requirement, these identifiers are an important part of your safety protocol which should aim to reduce risks of accidents, spills, and injuries caused by improper use of the valves within your facility.
Valve Tag Regulations
The most important reason for using this type of identification is to keep your employees safe. However, there are some situations where OSHA and ANSI have guidelines requiring facilities to use specific means of marking. Make sure you’re aware of all of the current OSHA and ANSI regulations to keep your company updated on the latest safety requirements.
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The Importance of Valve Tags
Using this type of marking provides your maintenance staff and operators with crucial information about that valve system and the piping that goes around it. This helps to maintain the safe operation of your facility, as well as the safety of your staff.
By adequately marking the components, you’re providing employees with a visual tool helping reduce risks of accidents, workplace injuries, and spills caused by the improper use or care of the system.
For example, using colored tags identifies types of materials contained in pipes. A red marker commonly designates the presence of hot liquid within pipes, while a black and yellow striped marker identifies pipes and components containing a hazardous substance.
Before applying tags to your pipes, you should audit your facility. This means you’ll need to take a walk around your plant and identify all the components needing to be tagged. As for doing this, you can assign numbers to the components that need to be labeled, placing them into a tag chart or on a digital table.
By auditing your system and identifying information you want on your valve tags, and by placing this in a log for staff access, you’ll provide a tool your maintenance staff can use when they’re asked to assist in emergencies.
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