Acronyms

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  • AC - (Alternating Current)
  • ACGIH - (American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists)
  • ACM - (Asbestos Containing Material)
  • ADA - (Americans with Disabilities Act)
  • AESC - See "AOSC"
  • AICHE - (American Institute of Chemical Engineers)
  • AIHA - (American Industrial Hygiene Association)
  • APR - (Assigned Protection Factor)
  • APR - (Air Purifying Respirator)
  • ANSI - (American National Standards Institute)
  • AOSC - (Associate of Oilwell Servicing Contractors). Now called "AESC", Association of Energy Service Contractors.
  • API - (American Petroleum Institute)
  • ASR (Atmosphere Supplying Respirator)
  • ASA - (Acadiana Safety Association)
  • ASA - (Advanced Safety Audit)
  • ASME - (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
  • ASSE - (American Society of Safety Engineers)
  • ASTM - (American Society for Testing and Materials)
  • AWS - (American Welding Society)

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- B -

  • BA - (Breathing Apparatus). The British term for "SCBA".
  • BAT - (Best Available Technology)
  • Bbls. - (Barrels)
  • BBSP - (Behavior-Based Safety Program)
  • BLM - (Bureau of Land Management)
  • BLS - (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • BOP - (Blowout Preventer)
  • BPA - (BP-Amoco)
  • BPX - (British Petroleum Exploration)
  • BSE - (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy)
  • BU - (Business Unit)
  • BUL - (Business Unit Leader)

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- C -

  • C - (Centigrade)
  • "C" - (Ceiling)
  • CADD - (Computer-Aided Design Drafting)
  • CAER - (Community Awareness and Emergency Response)
  • Cal OSHA - (California Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
  • CAM - (Contract Accountable Manager)
  • CAMEO - (Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations)
  • CANUTEC - (Canadian Transport Emergency Center)
  • CAS - (Chemical Abstracts Service)
  • CBT - (Computer-Based Training)
  • cc - (Cubic Centimeter)
  • CDC - (Center for Disease Control)
  • CET - (Certified Environmental Trainer)
  • CEPP - (Chemical Emergency Preparedness Program)
  • CFR - (Code of Federal Regulations)
  • CHEMTREC - (Chemical Transportation Emergency Center)
  • CLC - (Comprehensive List of Causes)
  • CMA - (Chemical Manufacturers Association) - See CHEMTREC
  • CNC - (Computer Numerical Control)
  • CNS - (Central Nervous System)
  • CO - (Carbon Monoxide)
  • COPD - (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • CPC - (Chemical Protective Clothing)
  • CPR - (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)
  • CSP - (Certified Safety Professional)
  • CTD - (Cumulative Trauma Disorder)
  • CTS - (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
  • DAFW - (Days Away From Work)

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- D -

  • DAFWCF - (Days Away From Work Case Frequency)
  • dB - (Decibel)
  • DB - (Dry Bulb)
  • dB(A) - (Decibels on the A-Weighted Scale)
  • dB(C) - Decibels on the C-Weighted Scale)
  • DC - (Direct Current)
  • DDSS - (Directional Drilling Support System)
  • DHHS - (Departments of Health and Human Services) This agency replaced U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
  • DNV - Det Norske Veritas
  • DOE - (U.S. Department of Energy)
  • DOL - (U.S. Department of Labor)
  • DOHHS - (Department of Health and Human Services)
  • DOT - (U.S. Department of Transportation)
  • DPIC - (Designated Person-in-Charge)
  • DWD - (Deepwater Development)
  • DWP - (Deepwater Production)
  • DWX - (Deepwater Exploration)

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  • EEP - (Emergency and Evacuation Plan)
  • EHS - (Environmental, Health and Safety)
  • EMR - (Experience Modification Rate)
  • EMR - (Electromagnetic Radiation)
  • EMS - (Emergency Medical Services)
  • EMS - (Environmental Management System)
  • EO - (Ethylene Oxide)
  • E&P - (Exploration and Production)
  • EPA - (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
  • EPCRA - (Emergency Planning Committee Right to Know Act)
  • ESD - (Emergency Shutdown Device)

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- F -

  • F - (Fahrenheit)
  • f/cc - (Fibers per Cubic Centimeter)
  • FAA - (Federal Aviation Administration)
  • FDA - (Food and Drug Administration)
  • FEV - (Forced Expiratory Volume)
  • FID - (Flame Ionization Detector)
  • FRC - (Flame Resistant Clothing or Fire Retardant Clothing)
  • FTP - (File Transfer Protocol)
  • FVC - (Forced Vital Capacity)

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- G -

  • g - (Gram)
  • GFCI - (Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter)
  • GHSER - (Getting Health, Safety and the Environment Right)
  • GoM - (Gulf of Mexico)
  • GVWR - (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating)

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- H -

  • HAV - (Hepatitis A Virus)
  • Hazcom - (Hazard Communication)
  • Hazmat - (Hazardous Material)
  • Hazop - (Hazardous Operation)
  • Hazwoper - (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response)
  • HBV - (Hepatitis B Virus)
  • HCP - (Hearing Conservation Program)
  • HCS - (Hazard Communication Standard)
  • HEPA - (High Efficiency Particulate Absolute)
  • HIPO - (High Potential)
  • HIV - (Human Immunovirus)
  • HMIS - (Hazardous Material Identification System)
  • HSE - (Health Safety & Environment)
  • HSEMS - (Health, Safety and Environmental Management System)
  • H2S - (Hydrogen Sulfide)
  • HVAC - (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning)
  • Hz - (Hertz)

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- I -

  • IADC - (International Association of Drilling Contractors)
  • IARC - (International Agency of Research on Cancer)
  • IC - (Incident Commander)
  • ICS - (Incident Command System)
  • IDLH -(Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health)
  • IFR - (Instrument Flight Rules)
  • IH - (Industrial Hygiene)
  • IMDG - (International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code)
  • IMO - (International Maritime Organization)
  • INC - (Incident of Non-Compliance)
  • IPA - (Isopropyl Alcohol)
  • IR - (Infra Red)
  • IRM - (Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance)
  • ISBN - (International Standard Book Number)
  • ISO - (International Standards Organization)

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- J -

  • JSEA - (Job Safety & Environmental Analysis) - See JSA
  • JHA - (Job Hazard Analysis) - See JSA
  • JSA - (Job Safety Analysis)

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- K -

  •  kg - (kilogram)

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- L -

  • L - (Liter)
  • LC - (Lethal Concentration)
  • LCLo - (Lethal Concentration, Low)
  • LC50 - (Lethal Concentration, 50%)
  • LD - (Lethal Dose)
  • LDLo - (Lethal Dose, Low
  • LD50 - (Lethal Dose, Low)
  • LEL or LFL - (Lower Explosive Limit or Lower Flammable Limit)
  • LEPC - (Local Emergency Planning Committee)
  • LEV - (Local Exhaust Ventilation)
  • LOTO - (Lockout/Tagout)
  • LOX - (Liquid Oxygen)
  • LP - (Liquefied Petroleum)
  • LP - (Low Pressure)
  • LPG - (Liquefied Petroleum Gas)
  • LTA - (Lost Time Accident)
  • LTA/TAR - Lost Time Accident to Total Accident Ratio. Statistically, our industry has adopted an injury pyramid that shows that for 1 fatatality there are 10 lost time injuries to 100 recordable injuries.
  • LTCR - (Lost Time Case Rate)

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- M -

  • m - (Meter) is a unit of length in the metric system. One meter is about 39 inches.
  • m3 - (Cubic Meter)
  • MAC - (Maximum Allowable Concentration)
  • mg - (Milligram)
  • mg/kg - (Milligrams per Kilogram)
  • mg/m3 - (Milligrams per Cubic Meter)
  • MIA - (Major Incident Announcement)
  • ml - (Milliliter)
  • mmHg - (Millimeters (mm) of Mercury (Hg))
  • MMMF - (Man-Made Mineral Fiber)
  • MMS - (U.S. Minerals Management Service)
  • MOC - (Management of Change)
  • MODU - (Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit)
  • MOU - (Memorandum of Understanding)
  • mppcf - (Million Particles per Cubic Foot)
  • MRO - (Medical Review Officer)
  • MSDS - (Material Safety Data Sheet)
  • MSHA - (Mine Safety and Health Administration)
  • MSRC - (Marine Spill Response Corporation)
  • MSTC - (Marine Survival Training Center)
  • MUC - (Maximum Use Concentration)
  • MV - (Mechanical Ventilation)
  • MV - (Motor Vessel)
  • MW - (Molecular Weight)

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- N -

  • NCCI - (National Council on Compensation Insurance
  • NCMS - (National Compliance Management Service)
  • NEC - (National Electrical Code)
  • NFPA - (National Fire Protection Association)
  • ng - (Nanogram)
  • NGL - (Natural Gas Liquid)
  • NGO - (Non-Governmental Organization)
  • NIDA - (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
  • NIOSH - (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
  • N.O.R.M. - (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material)
  • NRC - (National Response Center)
  • NRC - (Nuclear Regulatory Commission)
  • NRT - (National Response Team)
  • NSC - (National Safety Council)

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- O -

  • OCS - (Outer Continental Self)
  • OD - (Outside Diameter)
  • ODT - (Operators Development Team)
  • OHS - (Occupational Safety & Health)
  • OI&I - (Occupational Injuries and Illnesses)
  • OOC - Offshore Operators Committee - Industry group primarily for GoM
  • OPIM - (Other Potentially Infectious Material)
  • OPS - (Office of Pipeline Safety)
  • OSHA - (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
  • OSRC - (Oil Spill Response Contractor)
  • OVM - (Organic Vapor Monitor)

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  • PAPR - (Powered Air Purifying Respirator)
  • PCB - (Polychlorinated Biphenyls)
  • PEC - (Petroleum Education Council)
  • PEL - (Permissible Exposure Limit)
  • PF - (Protection Factor)
  • PFD - (Personal Floatation Device)
  • PFT - (Pulmonary Function Test)
  • pH - The symbol relating the hydrogen ion (H?) concentration to that of a given standard solution. A pH of 7 is neutral. Numbers increasing from 7 to 14 indicate greater alkalinity. Numbers decreasing from 7 to 0 indicate greater acidity.
  • PIC - (Person-in-Charge)
  • PID - (Photo Ionization Detector)
  • PLC - (Programmable Logic Controller)
  • PLHCP - (Physician or Licensed Healthcare Professional)
  • PM - Preventative Maintenance
  • PPE - (Personal Protective Equipment)
  • ppb - (Parts per Billion)
  • ppm - (Parts per Million)
  • psi - (Pounds per Square Inch)
  • psia - (Pounds per Square Inch Absolute)
  • psig - (Pounds per Square Inch Gauge)
  • PSM - (Process Safety Management)
  • PSM - (Premier Safety Management)
  • PSR - (Project Safety Review)
  • PSV - (Pressure Safety Valve)

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- Q -

  • QA - (Quality Assurance)
  • QC - (Quality Control)
  • QI - (Qualified Individual)

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- R -

  • RACM - (Regulated Asbestos Containing Material)
  • RCR - (Recordable Case Rate)
  • RCRA - (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act)
  • REM - (Roentgen Equivalent-Man)
  • RF - (Radio Frequency)
  • ROV - (Remotely Operated Vehicle)
  • RQ - (Reportable Quantity)
  • RP - (Recommended Practice)
  • RPM - (Revolutions Per Minute)
  • RSPA - (Research and Special Projects Administration)

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- S -

  • SAR - (Supplied Air Respirators
  • SARA - (Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act)
  • SCBA - (Self-contained Breathing Apparatus)
  • SEMP - (Safety Environmental Management Plan)
  • SERC - (State Emergency Response Commission)
  • SESD - (Subsea Emergency Shutdown Device)
  • SIC - (Standard Industrial Classification)
  • SHE - (Safety, Health, and Environmental)
  • SHERP - (Safety Health and Environmental Review Process)
  • SO2 - (Sulfur Dioxide)
  • SMS - (Safety Management System)
  • SPE - (Society of Petroleum Engineers)
  • SCQ-V - (Standardized Contractor Questionnaire-Verified)
  • SSE - (Short Service Employee)
  • SSV - (Subsurface Safety Valve)
  • STD - (Sexually Transmitted Disease)
  • STEL - (Short Term Exposure Limit) - See TLV
  • STS - (Standard Threshold Shift)

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  • TCLO - (Toxic Concentration, Low)
  • TDLO - (Toxic Dose, Low)
  • TLP - (Tension Leg Platform)
  • TLV - (Threshold Limit Value)
  • TLV-TWA - (Threshold Limit Value - Time Weighted Average)
  • TLV-STEL - (Threshold Limit Value - Short Term Exposure Limit)
  • TLV-C - (Threshold Limit Value - Ceiling)
  • TPP - (Thermal Protective Performance)
  • TQM - (Total Quality Management)
  • TRIR - (Total Recordable Incident Rate)
  • TRIRF - (Total Recordable Incident Rate Frequency). Same as "TRIR".
  • TRRC - (Texas Railroad Commission)
  • TSCA - (Toxic Substance Control Act)
  • TSD - (Treatment Storage and Disposal)
  • TWA - (Time Weighted Average)

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- U -

  • UEL or UFL - (Upper Explosive Limit or Upper Flammable Limit)
  • ug - (Microgram)
  • URL - (Universal Resource Locator)
  • USCG - (United States Coast Guard)
  • USPHS - (United States Public Health Service)
  • UV - (Ultra Violet)
  • VDT - (Video Display Terminal)

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  • VFR - (Visual Flight Rules)
  • VLCC - (Very Large Crude Carrier)
  • VRP - (Vessel Response Plan)

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