Commonly used abbreviations in health and safety and their meaning

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  1. These are common terms used by health and safety professionals and enforcement agencies such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Health and Safety Commission (HSC)
  2. ACOP Approved Code of Practice
  3. ACM Asbestos Containing Materials
  4. BMA British Medical Association
  5. BOHS British Occupational Hygiene Society
  6. BSI British Standards Institute
  7. BTS British Toxicology Society
  8. C(WP) Construction (Work Place) Regulations
  9. CBI Confederation of British Industry
  10. CDG The Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Regulations, see also Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor
  11. CDM Construction (Design & Management) Regulations
  12. CDMC CDM Coordinator (see guidance section and construction safety consultancy section)
  13. CE The letters "CE" do not represent any specific words but the mark a declaration by the manufacturer, indicating that the product satisfies all relevant European Directives. Note, however, that the mark only applies to products that fall within the scope of European Directives.
  14. CFC Chlorofluorocarbons
  15. CFM Cubic Feet per Minute Amount of air flowing through a given space in one minute 1 CFM approximately equals 2 litres per second
  16. CHIP Chemical Hazards Information and Packaging
  17. CO Carbon Monoxide
  18. CO2 Carbon Dioxide
  19. COMAH Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations
  20. COSHH Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations
  21. COSHH RA COSHH Risk Assessment
  22. CPHSP Construction Phase Health & Safety Plan (CDM Regulations / CDM Coordinator)
  23. CNS Central Nervous System
  24. CRT Cathode Ray Tube
  25. CSSA Construction Site Safety Audit
  26. CTS Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  27. CVD Cardiovascular Disease
  28. dB Decibel, see also Noise Consultancy
  29. DDA Disability Discrimination Act
  30. DGSA Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor
  31. DSE Display Screen Equipment, see also Display Screen Equipment Risk Assessment
  32. EA Environmental Agency, see also Environmental Consultancy and ISO14000
  33. EAW Electricity at Work Regulations
  34. EHO Environmental Health Officer
  35. EMAS Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, see also Environmental Consultancy and ISO14000
  36. EMAS Employment Medical Advisory Service
  37. FA Factories Act
  38. FH(G) Food Hygiene (General) Regulations
  39. FLT Fork Lift Truck, see also Skills Training
  40. FPA Fire Precautions Act
  41. FPWR Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations, see also Fire Risk Assessment
  42. GMC General Medical Council
  43. GP General Practitioner
  44. H&S Health & Safety
  45. HASWA Health & Safety at Work Act
  46. HAZCHEM Hazardous Chemical Warning Signs
  47. HR Human Resources, see also Employerguard H&S and HR Support
  48. HSC Health & Safety Commission
  49. HSCON Health & Safety Consultant
  50. HSDSER Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations
  51. HSE Health & Safety Executive
  52. HSP Health & Safety Policy
  53. IAQ Indoor Air Quality
  54. ICOH International Commission on Occupational Health
  55. IOD Institute of Directors
  56. IOSH Institution of Occupational Safety & Health
  57. LOLER Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
  58. LPG Liquid Petroleum Gas
  59. MAPP Major Accident Prevention Policy
  60. MEL Maximum Exposure Limit, see also COSHH Risk Assessment
  61. mg.m3 Milligrams per cubic metre, see also COSHH Risk Assessment
  62. MHOR Manual Handling Operation Regulations
  63. MHSWR Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations
  64. MSD Musculoskeletal Disorder
  65. MSDS Material Data Safety Sheet, see also COSHH Risk Assessment
  66. NAWR Noise at Work Regulations
  67. NEBOSH National Examination Board of Occupational Safety and Health
  68. NHS National Health Service
  69. NIHL Noise Induced Hearing Loss
  70. OHAC Occupational Health Advisory Committee of The Health & Safety Commission
  71. OHSAS18001 BSI Standard for Occupational Health & Safety
  72. OSRPA Offices Shops & Railway Premises Act
  73. PAT Portable Appliance Test
  74. PPE Personal Protective Equipment
  75. PPEWR Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations
  76. ppb Parts Per Billion, see also COSHH Risk Assessment
  77. ppm Parts Per Million, see also COSHH Risk Assessment
  78. PUWER Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations
  79. QA/QC Quality Assurance/Quality Control
  80. RCD Residual Current Device
  81. RIDDOR Reporting of Injuries, Disease & Dangerous Occurrences Regulations
  82. RoSPA Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
  83. RSA Regional Speciality Adviser
  84. RSA Royal Society of Arts (training accreditation)
  85. RSI Repetitive Strain Injury
  86. SBS Sick Building Syndrome, see also Indoor Air Quality
  87. SCon Safety Consultants, see also Health & Safety Consultant
  88. TUC Trades Union Congress
  89. Type 2 Survey Asbestos Survey defined under MDHS 100 (types 1 and 3 also defined), see Asbestos Surveys
  90. VDU Visual Display Unit
  91. WEL Workplace Exposure Limit (COSHH Risk Assessment)
  92. WHO World Health Organisation
  93. WHSWR Workplace (Health Safety & Welfare) Regulations
  94. WRULD Work Related Upper Limb Disorder