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  • Shannon GeeABCs of Safety: your ultimate list of safety acronyms

    In the safety industry there are a lot of phrases, abbreviations and acronyms to keep up with. Let us make your life easier. Here are the most common safety terms you’re likely to come across:

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    • AED – automated external defibrillator
    • AHJ – authority having jurisdiction
    • APF – assigned protection factor
    • APR – air purifying respirator
    • CBRN – chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear
    • CCOHS – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
    • CEV – ceiling exposure value
    • CGA – Compressed Gas Association
    • CSA – Canadian Standards Association
    • dB – decibels
      • dB(A) decibels, a-weighting
      • dB(C) decibels, c-weighting
    • EBA – escape breathing apparatus
    • ECGs – electrocardiograms
    • eLearning – online training
    • ELSI – end-of-service-life indicator
    • ESEW – emergency showers and eyewashes
    • FF – fit factor
    • Fit testing – the practice of measuring how effective the seal of a respirator is on a person.
    • FM – factory manual
    • FR – fire resistant/retardant
    • GHS – Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals
    • HEPA – high-efficiency particular adsorber
    • HR – hazard ratio
    • HHR – highest hazard ratio
    • IAQ – indoor air quality
    • IDLH – immediately dangerous to life or health
    • JSA – job safety analysis
    • LC – Labour Canada
    • LEL – low explosive limit
    • LFL – lower flammable limit
    • LFFV – loose-fitting facepiece/visor
    • LMS – learning management system
    • LOTO – lock out, tag out
    • MUC – maximum use concentration
    • N95 – filter rated at 95 per cent efficiency and not for us in oil atmospheres
    • NFPA – National Fire Protection Association
    • NIOSH – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
    • OEL – occupational exposure limit
    • OHSA – Occupational Health and Safety Act (Ontario)
    • PAPR – powered air purifying respirator
    • PEL – permissible exposure limit
    • PPE – personal protective equipment
    • QLFT – qualitative fit testing
    • QNFT – quantitative fit testing
    • SaaS– software as a service
    • SAR – supplied-air respirator
    • SCBA – self-contained breathing apparatus
    • SDS – safety data sheet
    • SPCC – spill prevention, control and countermeasures
    • SRD – self-retracting device
    • SRL – self-retracting lifeline
    • STEL – short term exposure limit
    • SWPF – simulated workplace protection factor
    • TC – Transport Canada
    • TLV – threshold limit value
    • TRIF – total recordable incident frequency
    • TRIR – total recordable incident rate
    • TWA – time weight average
    • UEL – upper exposure limit
    • UFL – upper flammable limit
    • UL/ULC – Underwriters Laboratories / Underwriters Laboratories Canada
    • VFSS – vehicle fire suppression system
    • WEEL – workplace environmental exposure limit
    • WHMIS – Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
    • WPF – workplace protection factor
    • ZAP – zero accident program

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