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Safety Acronyms

Back to The Basics – The Safety Acronym Conundrum

Safety acronyms are very short words used to avoid repetition in everyday safety discourse. There is an increasing trend of  organizations coining their own acronyms, which confuse many safety professionals. These are some popular acronyms to help overcome the safety acronym conundrum.

A

  • ABC – Airways Breathing Circulation

  • AC – Alternating Current

  • ACB – Air Circuit Breaker

  • ACOP – Approved Code of Practice

  • AED – Automated External Defibrillator

  • AEP – Authorized Electrical Person

  • AFARP – As far as reasonably practical

  • AFFF – Aqueous Film Forming Foam

  • AGT – Authorized Gas Tester

  • ALARP – As Low As Reasonably Practicable

  • ALARA – As Low As Reasonably Achievable

  • ANSI – American National Standard Institute

  • APF – Assigned Protection Factor

  • APR – Air Purifying Respirator

  • APW – Air Pressurized Water

  • ASR – Air Supplying Respirator

  • ASSE – American Society of Safety Engineers

B

  • BBS – Behavioural Based Safety

  • BLEVE – Boiling Liquid Expending Vapour Explosion

  • BP – Blanket Permit

  • BSC – British Safety Council

C

  • CAZ – Control Access Zone

  • CBT – Competency Based Training

  • CEV – Ceiling Exposure Value

  • CHIP – Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging) Regulations

  • CNG – Compressed Natural Gas

  • CO2 – Carbon Dioxide

  • COP – Code of Practice

  • COSHH – Control of Substance Hazardous to Health

  • CPR – Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation

  • CS – Confined Space

  • CWP – Cold Work Permit

D

  • dB – decibels

  • dB(A) decibels, a-weighting

  • dB(C) decibels, c-weighting

  • DC – Direct Current

  • DCP – Dry Chemical Powder

  • DGHS – Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Substances

  • DIFR – Disabling Injury Frequency Rate

  • DoL – Department of Labour NZ

  • DSE – Display Screen Equipment

  • EBA – Escape Breathing Apparatus

E

  • ECGs – Electrocardiograms

  • EHO – Environment Health Officer

  • EHSR – Essential Health and Safety Requirements

  • EIWP – Electrical Isolation Work Permit

  • ELCB – Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker

  • ELSI – end-of-service-life indicator

  • EMP – Emergency Management Plan

  • EMS – Emergency Management System

  • EP – Excavation Permit

  • ERP – Emergency Response Plan

  • ERT – Emergency Response Team

  • ESEW – Emergency Showers and Eyewashes

F

  • FAC – First Aid Case

  • FAI – First Aid Incident

  • FEE – Fire Extinguisher Equipment

  • FF – Fit Factor

  • FFE – Fire Fighting Equipment

  • FIFR – Fatal Injury Frequency Rate

  • FPR – Fall Protection Required

  • FPS – Fall protection System

  • FR – Fire Resistant/Retardant

G

  • GFCI – Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter

  • GHS – Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals

  • GK – Gas Kit

  • GM – Gas Monitor

H

  • H2S – Hydrogen Sulphide

  • HACCP – Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point

  • HASAWA- Health and Safety at Work Act

  • HAZCOM – Hazard Communication

  • HAZOP – Hazard and Operability

  • HAZWOPER – Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response

  • HEPA – High-Efficiency Particulate Air (Filter)

  • HFA – Hazard Factor Assessment

  • HHR – Highest Hazard Ratio

  • HIRA – Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment

  • HML – High Medium Low

  • HSE – Health & Safety Executive UK

  • HSR – Health and Safety Representative

  • HSSE – Health, Safety, Security & Environment

  • HWP – Hot Work Permit

I

  • IAQ – Indoor Air Quality

  • IDLH – Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health

  • IGC – International General Certification

  • IOSH – Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

  • IRM – Institute of Risk Management

  • IRSM – International Institute of Risk and Safety Management

  • ISHR – Industry Safety & Health Representative

  • ISO – International Organization for Standardization

J

  • JHA – Job Hazard Analysis

  • JSA – Job Safety Analysis

  • JSEA – as for JSA but includes Environmental risks

L

  • L2RA – Level Two Risk Assessment

  • LAP- Limited Access Permit

  • LAZ- Limited Access Zone

  • LEL – Lower Explosive Limit

  • LNG – Liquidfied Natural Gas

  • LOLER – Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations

  • LOTO – Lock Out, Tag Out

  • LPG – Liquidified Petroleum Gas

  • LTI – Lost Time Injury

  • LTIFR – Lost Time InjuryFrequency Rate

  • LWP – Lifting Work Permit

M

  • MHOR – Manual Handling Operations Regulations

  • MOC – Management of Change

  • MTI – Medically Treated Incident

N

  • NAWR – Control of Noise at Work Regulations

  • NEBOSH – National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health

  • NFPA – National Fire Protection Association

  • NIOSH – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

  • NMI – Near Miss Incident

  • NSFW – Not Safe For Work

  • NVQ – National Vocational Qualification

O

  • OEL – Occupational Exposure Limit

  • OHS – Occupational Health and Safety

  • OHSAS – Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series

  • OHSC– Occupational Health and Safety Committee

  • OHSMS – Occupational Health and Safety Management System

  • OSHA – Occupational Safety & Health Administration

P

  • PAPR – Powered Air Purifying Respirator

  • PEL – Permissible Exposure Limit

  • PFAS – Personal Fall Arrest System

  • PM – Particulate Matter

  • POCL – Pre Operation Checklist

  • PPE – Personal Protective Equipment

  • PPM – Part Per Million

  • PTW- Permit To Work

  • PUWER – The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations

Q

  • QLFT – Qualitative Fit Testing

  • QNFT – Quantitative Fit Testing

R

  • RA – Risk Assessment

  • RACE – Rescue, Activate alarm, Confine the fire, Evacuate/Extinguish

  • RCA – Root Cause Analysis

  • RCD – Residual Current Device

  • REACH – Registration Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals

  • RIDDOR – Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations

  • ROSPA – Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

  • RPE – Respiratory Protective Equipment

S

  • SAR – Supplied Air Respirator

  • SCBA – Self Contained Breathing Apparatus

  • SCUBA – Self Contained Under Water Breathing Apparatus

  • SDS – Safety Data Sheet

  • SHE – Safety Health and Environment

  • SHMS – Safety & Health Management System

  • SIFR – Serious Injury Frequency Rate

  • SIT – Safety Improvement Team

  • SLC – Sling Load Capacity

  • SLI – Safe Load Indicator

  • SMP – Safety management Plan

  • SO2 – Sulphur Dioxide

  • SOP – Standard Operating Procedure

  • SRD – Self-Retracting Device

  • SRL – Self-Retracting Lifeline

  • SSOP – Safe Standard Operating Procedure

  • SSOW – Safe System of Work

  • SSP – Site Safety Plan

  • STEL – Short Term Exposure Limit

  • SWI – Safe Work Instruction

  • SWL – Safe Working Load

  • SWMS – Safe Work Method Statement

  • SWP – Safety Work Permit

  • SWP – Safety Working Process

  • SWP – Safe Work Procedures, Safe Work Platform

T

  • TBT – Tool Box Talk

  • TLV – Threshold Limit Value

  • TPI – Third Party Inspection

  • TRI – Total Recordable Injuries, Total Reportable Injuries

  • TRIFR – Total Reportable Injury Frequency Rate

  • TRIR – Total Recordable Incident Rate

  • TSTI – Total Safety Task Instruction

  • TWA – Time Weight Average

U

  • UA – Unsafe Act

  • UC – Unsafe Condition

  • UEL – Upper Explosive Limit

  • UFL – Upper Flammable Limit

  • UG – Under Ground

V

  • VEWP – Vehicle Entry Work Permit

  • VRDs – Voltage Reduction Devices

W

  • W@H – Work at Heights

  • WAH – Work at Heights

  • WAHR – Work at Height Regulations

  • WEL – Workplace Exposure Limit

  • WHMIS – Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

  • WHO – World Health Organization

  • WHS – Workplace Health and Safety

  • WHSO – Workplace Health and Safety Officer

  • WICS – Work In Confined Space

  • WMS – Work Method Statement

  • WPA – Work Permit Application

  • WPA – Work Permit Authorization

  • WPV – Work Permit Validity 

  • WRS – Wire Rope Sling

Z

  • ZAP – Zero Accident Programme

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