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OSHA Color Recommendation

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The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requires that all industries color-code safety equipment, locations, physical hazards, and protective equipment. Color-coding should be consistent throughout the facility. Here is your DuraStripe color safety guide:

DuraStripe Safety Blue
Designates caution, pertaining specifically to the use of, starting up, or the movement of equipment under repair. Signs indicating the nature of the caution should have blue backgrounds.
Samples of Uses for Safety Blue:
Boilers, elevators, kilns, ovens & vats, piping for protective materials for preventing or reducing hazard of dangerous materials (other than fire-fighting)

DuraStripe Safety Black & White
Designates housekeeping and traffic areas.
Examples of Uses for Safety Black & White:
Boundaries of traffic aisles, clear floor space around emergency areas of equipment, directional signs, stairways and dead ends of passageways

DuraStripe Safety Red
Identifies fire protection equipment. Also signifies "danger" and "stop."
Samples of Uses for Safety Red:
Extinguishers, fire alarms, blanket boxes, emergency stop bars, containers with flammable liquids, piping that is used for fire-fighting, fire protection and sprinkler systems.

DuraStripe Safety Orange
Indicates dangerous parts of machinery or electrical apparatus which can crush, cut or shock.
Samples of Uses for Safety Orange:
Within guards, exposed edges on parts, safety starting buttons and within transmissions guards.

DuraStripe Safety Yellow
Indicates physical hazards created by non-moving objects which can be fallen over or into, struck against or caught in-between.
Samples of Uses for Safety Yellow:
Fixtures hanging from ceiling or walls that invade open space, treads of stairways, pillars, columns and posts, exposed edges of walls and platforms, handrails and guardrails, caution signs, piping that is used for hazardous, flammable, toxic, poisonous, corrosive, high temperature, or high pressure materials, striking against hazards, stumbling hazards, falling hazards, tripping hazards and "caught in between" hazards.

DuraStripe Safety Green
Designates area and equipment associated with First Aid.
Samples of Uses for Safety Green:
Location of first-aid kits, gas masks and stretchers, safety bulletin boards, safety deluge showers, safety instruction signs, piping for non-hazardous, non-poisonous, non-flammable, moderate temperature, low pressure materials such as drinking water, syrups and glycols.

DuraStripe Safety Purple
Designates radiation hazard.
Samples of Uses for Safety Purple:
Any disposal containers designated for radioactive waste or hazardous materials and "BIOLOGICAL HAZARD" - Fluorescent orange or orange-red, or predominantly so, with lettering or symbols in a contrasting color

DuraStripe 5S Shapes & Signs
DuraStripe 5S Shapes and Signage are perfect for any 5S or Six Sigma program, these durable floor markings will communicate safety instructions and can withstand pedestrian or forklift traffic. DuraStripe Shapes and Signage are so easy to install and reconfigure, you just peel-&-stick! This will save you time and money from having to paint floor markings.


The American National Standard "Scheme for the Identification of Piping Systems" provides guidelines for the use of color on piping in plant facilities.

Some general guidelines are:

  • Pipes are deemed as conduits for the transport of gases, liquids, semi-liquids or plastics.
  • This scheme does not cover pipes buried in the ground, or electrical conduits.
  • The standard considers legend (written description of contents) to be primary. Color coding is considered secondary.
  • Positive identification of the content of a piping system shall be by lettered legend giving the name of the contents in full or abbreviated form.
  • Arrows shall be used to indicate direction of flow.
  • Legends shall be applied close to valves and adjacent to changes in direction, branches, and where pipes pass through walls or floors, and at frequent intervals on straight pipe runs.
  • Identification may be accomplished by stenciling and/or the use of tape.
  • Color may be used to identify the characteristic properties of the contents as outlined in the table below using safety colors listed above.


Hazardous Materials
Flammable, explosive - Black / Yellow
Chemically active, toxic - Black / Yellow
Extreme pressure - Black / Yellow
Extreme temperature - Black / Yellow
Radioactive - Purple / Yellow

Low Hazard Materials
Liquid or liquid admixture - Green / Black
Gas or gaseous admixture - Blue / White

Fire Quenching Materials
Water, foam, CO2, etc. - Red / White

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DuraStripe Walkways

OSHA code 1910.22(b)(2) requires permanent aisles and passageways to be appropriately marked. Peel-&-Stick Walkways are the fast and inexpensive solutions for keeping pedestrians safe around tow motor traffic and heavy machinery.

DuraStripe Walkways are available in 7 solid colors or 3 Hazard Striping colors. References: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Labor, CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, 29 § 1910.144 Safety color code for marking physical hazards; and ANSI (American National Standards Institute) American National Standard "Scheme For The Identification of Piping Systems" A13.1-1975 published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.