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Quality aspects of pipe marking: what you need to know

There are legal European and national requirements that prescribe that pipes with hazardous substances must be marked. These markings contain information that contributes to the safety of employees, contractors and emergency services. It should therefore be possible to assume that this information is always available; recognizable and readable.

However, there are quite a few factors that can cause quality problems with pipe markings. Factors that not only influence the quality of the pipe marking but also the influence of pipe marking itself on your pipes. In this white paper, which was created in collaboration with 3M, we describe the most common problems and also show how it should be done.

reference projects


Gate LNG Terminal

Gate terminal is very concerned about health, safety and the environment, operating a strict policy. That is why Blomsma Signs & Safety began an inventory early in 2015 at Gate terminal BV with the aim of getting a clear picture of the signage that was present plus what was required. A signage plan was then drawn up using that study and priorities were set for reconstructing the safety signage.

The first phase consisted of sorting out the pipe and tank markings, removing old or weathered markings and applying new ones at logical points. The same was then done for the new dock where LNG is bunkered for the shipping sector.


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TAQA Energy Gasopslag Bergermeer

During construction, a detailed sign plan is engineered for the Boekelermeer (compressor station) and Bergermeer (wellsite) sites, which is realized after a thorough evaluation. Central to the plan was the link between regulatory requirements for health and safety signage, and the physical needs of the users, the target group for which the signage is implemented.






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