Do You Know Your Acronyms?

 In 2022, Tip of the Week, Uncategorized

An acronym is when we take the first letter or letters of a multi-part name to create a new, abbreviated name. Sometimes we hear these acronyms, and maybe even use them, but we are not sure of their meaning. Let’s see how much you know. As usual, we will put the answers at the bottom of the quiz.

1. A TV newsperson was talking about the recent train disaster in Ohio, calling it a “BLEVE.” A BLEVE is described as a major failure of a closed liquid container. It is usually caused when the temperature of the liquid is well above its boiling point at normal atmospheric pressure, and some kind of damage happens to the container. What does BLEVE stand for?

A. Big Liquid Exploding EVent.
B. Big Liquid Exploding Volume Event.
C. Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion.

D. Boiling Liquid Extra Vapor Event.

2. A common training program for people who handle hazardous chemicals is a “HAZWOPER” class. What does HAZWOPER stand for?
A. Handling Active Zero-contact With Out PErsonal Response.
B. Hazardous Waste OPerations and Emergency Response.
C. Hazards With Out Personnel or Emergency Responders.
D. Hazards With Out PERsonnel.
3. When talking about confined spaces, you might hear the acronym “PRCS.” What does that stand for?
A. Permit Required Confined Space.
B. Personnel Rescued from a Confined Space.
C. Personnel Respirator-required Confined Space.
D. Partner Rescue Confined Space.
4. In a discussion about how much of a chemical or other hazard you can be exposed to before it will harm you, the acronym “PEL” might be used. What does the acronym stand for?
A. Permit-required Exposure Level.
B. Personally-safe Exposure Level.
C. Particular Exposure Limit.
D. Permissible Exposure Limit.
For those of you who like to discuss our quizzes with your coworkers, we thought we’d include some suggested questions for you to consider as topics. Let us know if you would like further information on any of these suggested discussion topics. We’d be happy to talk about any or all of these topics.
1. What causes a BLEVE?
2. There are different levels of HAZWOPER training. What are some of them?
3. What defines a PRCS?
4. Other than chemicals, what else has a PEL?
1. C
2. B
3. A
4. D
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