Safety Acronyms

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Health and Safety Acronyms (HSA’s)

As we all know, acronyms are shorter forms of words or phrases that are useful when you need to repeat the same word or phrase a number of times throughout the same piece of writing. Or maybe to make you look smarter or more important when they are printed on your name on your business card? They have become common place in the world of social media but can be misinterpreted eg the Mother who recently texted her son to say “Your Uncle just died, LOL” – she thought LOL meant “Lots Of Love”.

Apart from in the IT industry, the safety world seems to have more three-letter acronyms (TLA’s) than any other. I hear new ones every day, they roll easily off the tongue and those in the game spit them out assuming we all know what they mean. But, most of us are too proud to admit our ignorance and slink off to google it on the iphone. We took great delight in making up our own derogatory meanings for any acronym we didn’t understand. Then there was our under performing Safety Health Improvement Team (took ages for the boss to wake up to that one). I’ve taken to always asking what a TLA means – its amazing how many people using them dont even know!

I couldn’t find any web page or resource devoted to Safety Acronyms so I decided to start one and hope it helps –PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTRIBUTE IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW.

Here are a few Safety Acronyms to get the ball rolling and hopefully the list will grow over time:

  1. AART -Apply Advanced Resuscitation Techniques
  2. AFARP As far as reasonably practical
  3. ALARA – As Low As Reasonably Achievable
  4. ALARP – As Low As Reasonably Practicable
  5. ASSE – American Society of Safety Engineers
  6. BBS – Behavioural Based Safety
  7. COP – Code of Practice
  8. CBT – Competency Based Training
  9. CIAED – Course In Automated External Defibrillation
  10. DGHS – Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Substances
  11. DIFR – Disabling Injury Frequency Rate
  12. DoL – Department of Labour NZ
  13. EHSR – Elected Health and Safety Representative
  14. ELCB – Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker
  15. ERT – Emergency Response Team
  16. FAI – First Aid Incident
  17. FIFR – Fatal Injury Frequency Rate
  18. HAZOP – Hazard and Operability
  19. HFA – Hazard Factor Assessment
  20. HIRA – Hazard Identification Risk Assessment
  21. HSC - Health and Safety Committee
  22. HSE – Health & Safety Excutive (UK)
  23. HSR – Health and Safety Representative
  24. ISHR – Industry Safety & Health Representative
  25. JSA – Job Safety Analysis (risk assessment before starting work)
  26. JSEA – as for JSA but includes Environmental risks
  27. L2RA – Level Two Risk Assessment
  28. LTFR – Lost Time Frequency Rate
  29. LTI – Lost Time Injury
  30. MSDS – Material Safety Data Sheet
  31. MTI – Medically Treated Incident
  32. NCSB - NIOSH Certification Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)
  33. NLTPHRW -National Licence To Perform High Risk Work
  34. NIOSH - National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Malaysia)
  35. NIOSH - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (US)
  36. NMI – Near Miss Incident
  37. NSCA – National Safety Council of Australia
  38. OFA – Occupational First Aid
  39. OHS – Occupational Health and Safety
  40. OHSAS - Occupational Health & Safety Assessment Series
  41. OHSC– Occupational Health and Safety Committee
  42. OSHA - Occupational Safety & Health Act (Malaysia)
  43. OSHA – Occupational Safety & Health Administration (US)
  44. OSHMS - Occupational Safety and Health Management System
  45. OHSMS – Occupational Health and Safety Management System
  46. PCBU – Person conducting a business or undertaking
  47. PHMP – Principal Hazard Management Plan – defined term in Qld coal mining legislation. A Principal Hazard is one capable of causing multiple fatalities. No coal mine in Qld can start without a PHMP for all PHs relevant to its operations.
  48. POCL – Pre Operation Check List
  49. PPE – Personal Protective Equipment
  50. PTW – Permit to Work
  51. RA – Risk Assessment
  52. RACE – Rescue, Activate alarm, Confine the fire, Evacuate/Extinguish
  53. RCD – Residual Current Device
  54. SFA – Senior First Aid
  55. SHE – Safety Health and Environment
  56. SHO - Safety and Health Officer (Malaysia)
  57. SHIT – Special High Intensity Training
  58. SHMP – Safety & Health Management Plan (action plan to implement the SHMS)
  59. SHMS – Safety & Health Management System
  60. SIA – Safety Institute of Australia (Australia)
  61. SIFR – Serious Injury Frequency Rate
  62. SINA – Safety Is No Accident
  63. SIT – Safety Improvement Team
  64. SMP – Safety management Plan
  65. SOP – Standard Operating Procedure (defined in Queensland mining legislation)
  66. SSHR – Site Safety & Health Representative
  67. SWI – Safe (or Standard) Work Instruction – short summary of the SOP, usually one page, listing risks and risk controls.
  68. SWL – Safe Working Load
  69. SWP – Safe Work Procedures, Safe Work Platform
  70. TRI – Total Recordable Injuries
  71. VRDs – Voltage Reduction Devices
  72. W@H – Work at Heights
  73. WAH – Work at Heights
  74. WHS – Workplace Health and Safety
  75. WHSO – Workplace Health and Safety Officer
  76. WICS – Work In Confined Space
  77. WMS – Work Method Statement
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