Pipeline plant

Marking hazardous pipelines

Marking pipes according to standards NF X 08-100 and NF X 08-105.

Marking pipes

Article 11 of the Order of 4 November 1993 (concerning safety signs at work) refers to regulation (CE) no. 1272/2008 which defines standard markings for pipelines conveying fluids potentially generating a health or safety-related hazard:
“By 1st June 2017: Exposed pipelines containing or conveying hazardous substances or mixtures shall be marked with the appropriate symbol on a coloured background... supplemented with information such as the name or composition of the substance or mixture and associated hazard statements, listed in the appendix to this regulation.”
Since 1st June 2017, pipe markers must therefore respect the colours specified by standards NF X 08-100 and NF X 08-105.

Industrial issues:

Effective pipeline identification means operators can quickly identify the nature of the fluid carried. Markings are very useful, especially for new hires, temporary workers, or external contractor personnel...
Furthermore, maintenance can be carried out more efficiently, with pointless searches avoided and lower risks of accidents and errors.
Pipeline marking is therefore a factor in your Health and Safety organisation.

There is no doubt that poorly identified pipes are a hazard on an industrial site. A lack of information concerning the contents of a pipe can have serious consequences for personnel working on or near the pipe. Even in case of an accident, clear identification can save precious seconds, which can save lives. It is therefore important that markings are placed on at least one visible section of the pipe, near to the locations of the biggest hazards.

Services we propose

After inspecting the facility, we identify and mark all pipelines concerned with precision.
We apply self-adhesive marking labels or other labels compliant with NF X 08-100, in terms of:

  • the background colour (fluid category)
  • the colour used to identify the fluid
  • the colour used to indicate its state (Hot, Cold, pressurised, etc.)
  • the direction of flow (used to locate check valves)


A drone equipped with specific high-tech sensors (gas analysers, IR cameras, HD camera, etc.) may acquire data or images. 

This information will enable our experts to inspect areas that are difficult to access.

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