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