Guide To 120 Environmental, Health, and Safety Abbreviations

Abbreviations, acronyms, and initialisms are used daily by safety professionals. Often, it’s assumed that everyone knows what they are talking about or that they are trying to save time by using a shorthand version of the phrase. Abbreviations can simplify communication if you understand them. However, it’s easy to miss key points and get confused when safety jargon leaves you asking, “What does that mean?”. We have compiled this resource of 120 Environmental Health and Safety Abbreviations to help decode the specialized language safety professionals use daily. Being familiar with this safety terminology can help you create a safe workplace. Misunderstanding key terms can put you or your employees at risk. Errors can be made if these abbreviations are mixed up or misinterpreted. Keep in mind that this list is for general purposes only. Please consult the applicable standards or contact us for more information if you have specific questions. We are always available to answer your workplace safety questions and provide guidance on best safety practices. Please reach out to us at 919-417-2139 or We’d love to hear from you!

Guide to 120 Environmental Health and Safety Abbreviations

AADAssistant Area Director (OSHA)
ABCAssociated Builders and Contractors
ACCSHAdvisory Committee on Contruction Safety & Health
ACMAsbestos Containing Material
ADArea Director (OSHA)
AEDAutomated External Defibrilator
AGCAssociated General Contractors
AIHAAmerican Industrial Hygiene Association
AISCAmerican Insitute of Steel Construction
ALCMAssociate in Loss Control Management
ANSIAmerican National Standards Institute
ARMAssociate in Risk Management
ASPAssociate Safety Professional
ASSPAmerican Society of Safety Professionals
ASTMAmerican Society for Testing Materials
ATBSAmerican Traffic Barricade & Safety
AWSAmerican Welding Society
BBPBlood Borne Pathogen
BBSBehavior-Based Safety
BCSPBoard of Certified Safety Professionals
BLSBureau of Labor Statistics
CCOCertified Crane Operator
CDCCenters for Disease Control
CfmCubic feet per minute
CFRCode of Federal Regulations
CHSOCertifed Safety and Health Official
CHSTConstruction Health and Safety Technician
CIHCertified Industrial Hygienist
COCarbon Monoxide
CO2Carbon Dioxide
CSHOCompliance Safety and Health Officer (OSHA)
CSPCertified Safety Professional
DEQDepartment of Environmental Quality
DOEDepartment of Energy
DOLDepartment of Labor
DOTDepartment of Transportation
EHSEnvironmental Health and Safety
EMRExperience Modification Rating
EPAEnvironmental Protection Agency
ERPEmergency Rescue Plan
FEMAFederal Emergency Management Agency
FOMField Operations Manual (OSHA)
FTAFailure to Abate
FRFlame Resistant
GFCIGround Fault Circuit Interrupter
GHSGlobally Harmonized System
GpmGallons per minute
HAZWOPERHazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response
Hex ChromeHexavalent Chromium
HMRAHolmes Mine Rescue Association
HSEHealth, Safety, and Environment
HVACHeating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning System
H2SHydrogen Sulfide
IAQIndoor Air Quality
IDLHImmediately Dangerous to Life or Health
IHIndustrial Hygenist
ISEAIndustrial Safety Equipment Association
ISOInternational Organization for Standardization
ITAInjury Tracking Application (OSHA)
JHAJob Hazard Analysis
JSAJob Safety Analysis
LELLower Explosive Limit
LEPLocal Emphasis Program (OSHA)
LTILost Time Injury
LWRLost Workday Rate
MRCMaximum Rated Capacity
MSHAMine Safety and Health Administration
NAICSNorth American Industry Classification System
NCCCONational Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators
NCCERNational Center for Construction Education and Research
NECNational Electric Code
NEPNational Emphasis Program (OSHA)
NFPANational Fire Protection Association
NIOSHNational Institute for Occupaitonal Safety And Health
NRCNuclear Regulatory Commission
NRRNoise Reduction Rating
NSCNational Safety Council
NTPNational Toxicology Program
NTSBNational Transportation Safety Board
NWLNormal Working Load
OHSOccupational Health and Safety
OSHAOccupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHRCOccupational Safety and Health Review Commission
OTMOSHA Technical Manual
OTSOther than Serious (OSHA)
PCSAPower Crane & Shovel Association
PELPermissible Exposure Limit
PFASPersonal Fall Arrest System
PPEPersonal Protective Equipment
PPMParts Per Million
PRCSPermit-Required Confined Space
PSMProcess Safety Management
QCQuality Control
RCARoot Cause Analysis
RELRecommended Exposure Limit
RORegional Office (OSHA)
RTKRight to Know
SDIStandard Directive Interpretation (OSHA)
SDSSafety Data Sheet
SHESafety, Health and Environment
SO2Sulfur Dioxide
SSPSite Safety Plan
SSTSite-Specific Targeting (OSHA)
STASafety Task Assignment
STELShort Term Exposure Limit
SVEPSevere Violator Enforcement Program
TLVThreshold Limit Value
TRIRTotal Recordable Incident Rate
TSCAToxic Substance Control Act
TWATime Weighted Average
UFCUniform Fire Code
USACEU.S. Army Corps of Engineers
USTUnderground Storage Tank
VOCVolatile Organic Compound
VPPVoluntary Protection Program
WBGTWet Bulb Globe Temperature
WLLWorking Load Limit