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Common Safety Terminology Quiz

Safety can be its’ own language. Sometimes we use acronyms, abbreviations, and phrases that, if the listener is not a safety professional, they may not know what you just said. Do we even know what we just said? We used some of the common safety terminology in our monthly quiz. Test yourself and see how many you get right.

1. Precautionary statements are usually found on Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and labels. What kind of information do they provide?

A. A precautionary statement gives information on what to do to minimize or prevent harm from a substance or chemical.
B. A precautionary statement gives information on how to handle or store a substance or chemical.
C. A precautionary statement gives information on what the adverse effects of exposure to a substance or chemical would be.
D. All the above are true.

E. Only A and B are true.

2. Vapor density is the weight of a vapor or gas compared to the weight of an equal volume of air. Why is this important?

A. It tells us what the concentration of a vapor or gas will be in the air we breathe.
B. It tells us what the volume of vapor or gas will be in a cylinder.
C. It tells us whether a vapor or gas will go when released, whether it will concentrate higher or lower in an area or room.
D. It tells us all the above.

E. Only A and B are correct.

3. Which of the following is an example of a PRCS?

A. A PRCS is a confined space that has no known or potential hazards.
B. A PRCS is a confined space that has hazards or a potential to have hazards.
C. A PRCS is a confined space that does not require an attendant.

D. A PRCS is a confined space that does not require a permit.

4. What is the phrase that describes the weight of a material compared to the weight of an equal volume of water?

A. Specific gravity.
B. Solvation.
C. RCRA.

D. Edemic.

5. An acronym that you might hear when someone is talking about hazardous materials is “HAZWOPER.” What is it?

A. It is a toxic cheeseburger.
B. It stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response.
C. It is a regulation that contains a series of training requirements.
D. All the above are correct.

E. B and C are correct.

6. Two acronyms that are used in by OSHA for exposure limits are PEL and STEL. Which one sometimes refers to an eight-hour average?

A. PEL, or permissible exposure limit is usually an eight-hour “Time weighted average” or TWA.
B. STEL is usually measured over eight hours.
C. Trick question! There are no standard eight-hour measurements for exposures.

D. NTP is the correct acronym to use for an eight-hour measurement for exposures.

7. What does IDLH stand for?

A. Industrial Dedicated Live Holding.
B. Industry Department of Life and Health.
C. Immediate Dosage Low Helium.

D. Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health.

And the answers are:

1. D
2. C
3. B
4. A
5. E
6. A

7. D

 

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