BS 1710:2014 Specification for identification of pipelines and services

BS 1710:2014

Specification for identification of pipelines and services

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : December 2014



What is this standard about?

This updated version of BS 1710 specifies the colours and other information that should be used to identify pipes, ducts and electrical conduits.

Who is this standard for? 

  • Building designers, operators and users 
  • Service installers
  • Waste, water, liquid fuels, gases and refrigeration industries 

Why should you use this standard? 

BS 1710 outlines the requirements for colours for identifying pipes conveying fluids in above ground and below ground installations. This includes ducts for ventilation and conduits used for carrying electrical services. Improved regulations from the water supply industry now require explicit content relating to different pipes, to avoid any form of contaminated drinking water. 

BS 1710 supports the legal requirement for those who install and use plumbing systems to prevent cross contamination.

What’s changed since the last update?

This is a revised standard. The new version:

  • Refines the labelling system to aid identification
  • Simplifies identification in building and water systems
  • Introduces a new three-size methodology to accommodate the full range of fluid services
  • Removes ship systems, which are now covered in BS ISO 14726

Standard NumberBS 1710:2014
TitleSpecification for identification of pipelines and services
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date31 December 2014
Confirm Date24 May 2019
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS ISO 3864-3, BS EN ISO 7010, BS ISO 3864-1
Informative References(Provided for Information)The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999, (Northern Ireland) 2009, The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations, The Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland), BS 8515, The Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Scotland) Byelaws, The Water (Scotland) Act 1980, BS 8525-1, 2014, BS 4800, The Water Industry Act 1991, Order 2006
ReplacesBS 1710:1984
Draft Superseded By14/30283828 DC
DescriptorsPipes, Marking, Ducts (building services), Codes, Electric conduits, Building services, Pipelines, Safety colours, Ducting, Colour codes, Identification methods, Colour, Safety measures
ISBN978 0 580 83113 3
File Size847 KB

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