“Safety Speak” Quiz

 In Tip of the Week

We’ve all heard it.  A form of jargon that only those in the field know.  The “Safety Speak” we are referring to here is the use of acronyms, abbreviations and terms that only Safety professionals seem to know.  Take this quiz, and see how much “Safety Speak” you know.

We’ll respond to anyone asking for the definitions, and post the answers on the SCM Safety Facebook page on Tuesday.

Good luck!


1.  A corrosive is:
A.  an Acid.
B.  a Base.
C.  Something that can cause damage to living tissue.
D.  Something that can damage metal.
E.  All of the above.
2. IDLH is an acronym that means:
A.  Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health – very hazardous.
B.  Intentionally Detrimental to Ladders and Harnesses – not good for fall protection.
C.  International Department of Labeling and HazCom – provides information for container shipments.
D.  Institution of Drivers Licensing and Health – Safety organization for truck drivers.
E.  None of the above.
3. TLV/TWA or Threshold Limit Value/Time Weighted Average is an occupational exposure to hazards.  The time frame it refers to is:
A.  15 minutes of exposure.
B.  60 minutes of exposure.
C.  8 hours of exposure.
D.  30 years of exposure.
4.  The term Vapor Density refers to the weight of a vapor (or gas) as compared to the weight of an equal volume of air.  What does it mean when a material has a vapor density of 2.5?
A.  It is lighter than air and will rise to the ceiling, or if outside, float away.
B.  It is heavier than air.
C.  It dissipates, so there is no hazard.
D.  It changes properties, and becomes more hazardous.
5.  If someone is taking “Offensive Actions” what are they doing?
A.  They are being rude.  Ignore them.
B.  Their actions are suspicious, as in potentially being violent in the workplace.  Alert a supervisor.
C.  They may be part of the organization’s Emergency Response Team.  They are taking actions that include entering hazardous areas with appropriate levels of protection, rescuing exposed personnel, and stopping the release of hazardous substances.
D.  They are supervisors.
E.  None of the above.
6.  The term “Zones” is usually applied to hazardous materials spills and isolation, as in setting up work zones such as hot or exclusionary zone for any task involving hazardous materials.  What happens in the
Warm Zone?
A.  This is the area where all the spill clean-up and rescue activities happen.
B.  This is the area where the Incident Command post is set up.
C.  This is the area where there is no potential of contamination or hazards.
D.  This is the area where the decontamination activities occur.
E.  All of the above.
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