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ANSI Color Codes
Why are the ANSI color codes important? What does the yellowbackground mean?
The yellow background signifies that the piping may handle hazardous material.Unfortunately, much has changed in the typical plant over the last 70 years since thisstandard was originally conceived. The basic standard can be traced to the 1920's and usein the US military. Obviously, our definitions for what is "hazardous" has changed. Water,air or carbon dioxide, under certain situations (pressure, heat, mixture with other chemicals)are not always benign. How do we interpret, for example, materials that should be used for"fire quenching" that are also "hazardous"? Should we use the red or the yellow ANSIscheme? Or, how do we label a pipe that carries both the liquid (which should be green)and gas form of a chemical (which should be blue)?Hazards, in other words, are not so easily defined. "Hazardous" may mean that thematerial is hazardous to a person nearby, or to the operation of the overall plant itself.Could "hazardous" mean that the materials flowing through the process piping, if nothandled carefully, could contaminate the product. Or, if leaked into the atmosphere, couldthe chemical infect the environment or cause damage to employees after cumulativeexposure over a period of years? Clearly, the ANSI standard was written for far simplertimes.ColorStdMeaningExampleRedAPWAElectric Power Lines, Cables,Conduit and Lighting CablesBuried High Voltage LineYellowAPWAGas, Oil, Steam, Petroleum orGaseous MaterialsNatural Gas DistributionLineOrangeAPWACommunication, Alarm or SignalLines, Cables or ConduitBuried Fiber Optic CableBlueAPWAWater, Irrigation and Slurry LinesBuried Water LineGreenAPWASewers, Drain LineBuried Storm Sewer LineRedTrafficProhibitionSTOP, YieldOrangeTrafficTemporary Work ZoneConstruction ZoneAheadYellowTrafficCautionMerge Ahead, SlowBlueTrafficInformation SignsHospitalBrownTrafficHistorical or ParkPicnic Area AheadGreenTrafficDirectional SignsExit 1 Mile, GoRedANSISignDanger Signs, Highest HazardHazardous Voltage WillCause DeathOrangeANSISignWarning Signs, Medium HazardHazardous Voltage MayCause DeathYellowANSISignCaution Signs, Lowest HazardTurn Machine Off WhenNot In UseBlueANSINotice SignsEmployees Only