Flagging and Tagging

Flagging and tagging are used to raise awareness to workers of specific hazards in an isolated area. Red tape restricts entry, and yellow tape you may precede when aware of hazards stated on the tag.


Below is a list of common hazards and improper use associated with flagging and tagging

  • Flagging left up after the end of the shift
  • No tags on ribbon/No hazards or contact information on tags
  • Crossing yellow ribbon without reading tag
  • Crossing red ribbon without contacting the owner of the ribbon
  • Ribbon blocking areas when it is not required

Potential Consequences

Entering areas without being aware of the specific hazards raises the potential for unexpected situations to arise. Reading the tag, and following the restrictions will lower the probable of a potential of an incidentdanger


  • Remove and clean up ribbon when task is complete
  • Attach tags to ribbon listing hazards and contact information
  • Entering yellow ribbon is only permitted after reading the tag, assessing the hazards and determining if it’s safe to cross
  • Entering red ribbon is not permitted unless given permission from name on the tag
  • Only use ribbon when it is required

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