Make time and “S.P.A.C.E” for Color Coding—it’s important.
Color coding is becoming increasingly important in industrial, commercial and telecom environments. Color coding provides a quick and easy way to identify items or spaces and communicate important messages.
Many industry organizations, like OSHA, ANSI, and ISO have recognized the usefulness of color coding and have created standards that, if followed, increase the usefulness of colors on the jobsite, in an MRO facility, or in virtually any workplace. Below is a snapshot of some of the governing color standards:
Guidelines for maintaining telecommunications infrastructure
Safety color code for marking physical hazards.
Specifications and requirements to establish uniformity of safety color coding, environmental / facility safety signs and the communication of safety symbols.
Establishes principles for the design of safety labels for products to alert persons to a specific hazard and to identify how the hazard can be avoided.
Prescribes the use of safety signs (colors, shapes & symbols) for the purposes of accident prevention, fire protection, hazard information and emergency evacuation.
Addresses pipe marking by offering a common labeling method for use in all industrial, commercial, institutional facilities and in buildings used for public assembly.
Color coding helps an organization to be safer, more productive, pass more internal and external audits, communicate important messages, and drive efficiency throughout process and workflows. A quick and easy way to remember the benefits of color coding is the acronym S.P.A.C.E.
- Safety – Promote and safe work place, reduce injuries
- Productivity – Reduce downtime, save money
- Pass Audits – Avoid OSHA and other audit fines
- Communication – Deliver messages clearly & consistently
- Efficiency – Streamline processes & workflows