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This standard specifies the means for ready identification of materials contained in piping systems, including pipes buried in the ground and electrical conduits, by means of background colour marking, legend and, in some cases, pictogram(s).

This standard does not apply to piping systems in which medical gases are conveyed. Identification of medical gas piping systems is covered by CAN/CGSB-24.2-M86, Identification of Medical Gas Containers, Pipelines and Valves.

The use of this standard will result in greater safety by reducing chances of error, simplifying the handling of emergencies, and minimizing hazards to personnel.

This standard does not fully address the needs of individuals who are colour blind or illiterate.

The testing and evaluation of a product against this standard may require the use of materials and/or equipment that could be hazardous. This document does not purport to address all the safety aspects associated with its use. Anyone using this standard has the responsiblilty to consult the appropriate authorities and to establish appropriate health and safety practices in conjunction with any existing applicable regulatory requirements prior to its use.