Safe Work Practice - Flagging and Tagging

Safe Work Practice - Flagging and Tagging

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Knowing when and how to properly flag and tag hazardous areas is crucial for maintaining a safe work environment. This safe work practice outlines the procedures for using red control zone tape and tagging to prevent accidents and ensure worker safety.

Key Features:

  • Additional PPE Required:
    • Red/yellow control zone tape
    • Flagging tags
  • Date of Creation: [Insert Date]
  • Reviewed/Revised By: [Insert Name]

General Safe Work Practices:

  • Hazard Identification: Flagging tape should be used to warn personnel of hazards in the work areas. These hazards may include:

    • Falling Objects: Danger to workers from falling objects.
    • Hazardous Conditions: Equipment swing radius, high-pressure steam leaks, condensate, etc.
    • Injury Risk: Risks associated with moving objects or other hazards that require restricting access to the area.
  • Review and Assessment:

    • Conduct a Field Level Risk Assessment (FLRA) to evaluate existing or potential hazards.
    • Identify hazardous areas and flag them with tape and tags on all sides to ensure visibility and prevent accidental entry.
  • Flagging Off:

    • Use red control zone tape when the work is extremely hazardous, requiring cordoning off to keep other workers away.
    • Ensure flagging areas are not too large, as this can interfere with other work.
  • Tag Information:

    • Every flagging must be identified with a tag containing the following information:
      • Name and contact number of the person who installed the flagging.
      • Details of the hazard or reason for flagging the area.


  • Enhanced Safety: Proper flagging and tagging prevent unauthorized access to hazardous areas, reducing the risk of accidents.
  • Clear Communication: Tags provide essential information about hazards, ensuring that all workers are aware of the dangers.
  • Compliance: Ensures adherence to safety protocols and regulations by clearly marking hazardous zones.

How to Use:

  1. Identify Hazards: Assess the work area for potential hazards that require flagging and tagging.
  2. Flag and Tag: Use red control zone tape to cordon off hazardous areas and attach tags with the required information.
  3. Review and Maintain: Regularly review flagged areas and update tags as necessary to reflect current hazards.

Implement these flagging and tagging practices to maintain a safe work environment and protect your workers from potential hazards.