Graphic Products Releases Medical Pipe Marking Guide

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In response to accurately identifying potentially hazardous pipes found in hospitals and laboratories, Graphic Products, Inc. has released its Medical Pipe Marking Guide.

This two-page guide encompasses both National Fire Prevention Association 99 (NFPA) and Compressed Gas Association (CGA) standard color marking for compressed gas containers, pipelines and valves. Medical pipe markers help identify pipes containing substances such helium, nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide. Aiding maintenance workers are a range of label colors, text and arrows to indicate the directional flow of these gases.

“When pipes leak or burst in healthcare facilities, patients, staff, and ambulance drivers are put in harm’s way,” said Steve Stephenson, Chief Marketing Officer, Graphic Products, Inc. “Color coding pipes help workers quickly identify contents, valves, flanges and changes in pipe direction.”

According to the Medical Pipe Marking Guide, markers should be placed:

  • To indicate direction of flow by labeling with arrows at one or both ends of the label
  • On both sides of ceiling, wall, partitions or floor penetrations
  • At least once in or above every room
  • On straight pipe runs, at intervals of not more than 20 feet
  • At least once in every story height traversed by risers

DuraLabel indoor/outdoor vinyl supplies are UV resistant to prevent fading, moisture resistant, scratch resistant and are available in colors such as green, gray, blue, orange, brown, black, yellow and checkerboard. With a DuraLabel printer such as the DuraLabel 9000, DLP or Toro, facility managers can create custom labels not available from other sources. DuraLabel medical and laboratory label supplies include:

  • Cryogenic label supply
  • Laboratory tamper evident supply
  • Repositionable label supply
  • Photoluminescent (glow in the dark)
  • High-tack label supply
  • Magnetic label supply
  • Electrostatic dissipative label supply

Additional medical label applications include:
o Identifying compressed gas cylinders
o Surgery room labels
o Hazardous waste labels
o Inspection labels
o Biohazards
o Fire extinguishers
o Medical devices/equipment
o Chemical container labels
o Radiation labels
o Syringe labels
o Chemical storage areas
o Anesthesia labels
o Formaldehyde labels
o "Sterile" labels with lot numbers
o Emergency eyewash stations
o Petri dish labels
o Calibration data labels
o Wire and cable markers
o Aisle markers and arrows
o Wayfinding, exits and entrances
o Vessels, tanks and containers

About Graphic Products
Graphic Products, Inc. manufactures DuraLabel mobile and wide-format labeling systems used by hospitals and laboratories worldwide. The company offers more than 50 unique labeling supplies for virtually any industrial demand.

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