PipeMarking Standards

Pipemarking was introduced into legislation under the Health & Safety (Signs & Signals) Regulations 1996, it requires companies to identify pipes conveying dangerous substances. Pipes transporting dangerous and hazardous substances must be identified with the relevant danger symbol and the name of the hazardous or dangerous substance.

There are two main standards used, European (1272/2008, 790/2009 & 286/2011) OR British standard (BS1710) both have their similarities and differences so here is a brief explanation.

British Standard-BS1710:2014

New legislation was brought out in June 2014 which refined the labelling system, expanded the water services legislation and amended the colour coding and sizing, all dependent on pipe diameter and substance, which consists of an identification colour band and (if necessary) a safety colour band.

The British standard specifies the colours and supplementary information for the identification of pipes conveying fluids in both above and below ground installations. It also includes ducts for ventilation and conduits used for carrying electrical services, it does NOT include identification of fluid services on ships.

For further information on the required sizing and colours please refer to our free download.

European Standard-1272/2008, 790/2009 & 286/2011

Just like the British Standard EU has specific sizes and colours dependant on the size of the pipe and the substance going through it. EU standard only has the one identification colour and can be brought off the shelf ready printed or for those more obscure ‘legends’ can be custom made.

For more information on the different EU Standard specifications and requirements please download our free EU Standard Brochure PDF.



There is no legal obligation to use EU or British Standard, it is all determined by you the customer.
We tend to find that Europe based companies will use the EU Standard and UK based will use the British Standard. It is highly recommended that companies with branches/sites across the UK and Europe should use just the one common standard throughout to ensure consistency.

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