The Name Game

 In 2023, Tip of the Week



Shakespeare once asked, “What’s in a name?” This week we are asking you the same question. There are some common titles, names, and acronyms that safety professionals talk about. What do they mean? What is their purpose? Test yourself and see what you know. We’ll post the answers at the end of the tip.

1. The acronym “CDC” was used frequently during the COVID-19 pandemic. You may know that it stands for the Centers for Disease Control. Who are they? What do they do?

A. The CDC is a branch of the EPA, and their job is to publish safety information about pandemics.
B. The CDC is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They provide guidance on a wide range of areas that relate to public health, safety, and security.
C. The CDC is a branch of the EPA, and their job is to create regulations about public health.

D. The CDC is a department of the U.S. Congress, and their job is to give advice to Congress about public health and safety.

2. You may hear someone talk about STEL in relation to exposure limits. It’s not a person’s name; it’s an acronym. What is it? Briefly, what does it mean?

A. It stands for Silent Trouble Exposure Limits. It means that there is a hazard you probably cannot hear. The exposure limit referred to is 2 hours.
B. It stands for Some Treatment Exhaustive Limits. It refers to the inherent hazards of treated hazardous waste.
C. It stands for Short Term Exposure Limits. It refers to some hazardous materials to which you can only be exposed for a short period of time, typically 15 – 30 minutes, safely.

D. It stands for Short Time Extended Limits. It refers to the short period of time to which you can safely be exposed to some hazardous materials, that could be extended depending on the type of personal protective equipment (PPE) you wear. The length of time of the exposure is dependent on the level of PPE worn.

3. When talking about regulations and safety standards, you might hear the acronym ANSI. What does that acronym stand for? Who are they and what is their purpose?

A. It stands for the Association of National Safety Instructors. They are a division of OSHA that makes rules for professional safety trainers.
B. It stands for American National Safety, Incorporated. They are a private group that meets to discuss hazards and how to control them.
C. It stands for the American National Standards Institute. They are a non-profit organization that works to establish and develop fair standards and quality conformity assessment systems.

D. It stands for the Association of Numerical Systems, Incorporated. They work with the EPA to provide guidance for clean air and water.

4. Before you start a difficult task, you might be asked if you completed a JHA. What is a JHA, and what is its’ purpose?

A. It is a Job Hazard Analysis. The purpose is for you to review or analyze the steps to performing a task or job, determine the hazards are and how you can control those hazards to work safely.
B. It is a Justified Hazardous Assignment. The purpose is for you to review what hazardous materials are involved in a particular task, and how you can handle those materials safely.
C. It is a Job Handling Assignment. The purpose is for you to look at a job or task to determine who you can assign it to that would do the best work.

D. It is a Justified How-to Analysis. It should be a step-by-step procedure of how to do the job efficiently.

Discussion Questions:

A PRCS is a permit-required confined space. How does a PRCS differ from a non-permit required space? And what is a confined space permit? See the link below if you need help.


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