Reading through endless acronyms and jargon can be pretty confusing which is why we have tried to keep things as simple as possible and also written this handy blog for you in case you aren’t sure what certain things mean.

ALARP   As Low as Reasonably Practicable (see SFAIRP)

BOHS     British Occupational Hygiene Society

BSI          British Standards Institute

CBI         Confederation of British Industry

CDG       The Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Regulations

CDM      Construction (Design & Management) Regulations

CFC        Chlorofluorocarbons

CFM       Cubic Feet per Minute – Amount of air flowing through a given space in one minute

CHIP      Chemical Hazards Information and Packaging

CO          Carbon Monoxide

CO2        Carbon Dioxide

COMAH Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations

COSHH  Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations

DB          Decibel

DDA       Disability Discrimination Act – Replaced by the Equality Act

DSE        Display Screen Equipment

DSEAR   Dangerous Substances & Explosive Atmosphere Regulations

EA           Environmental Agency

EAW      Electricity at Work Regulations

EHO       Environmental Health Officer

EMAS    Employment Medical Advisory Service

FA           Factories Act

FH(G)    Food Hygiene (General) Regulations

FLT         Fork Lift Truck

FPA        Fire Precautions Act – See also RRFSO

FPWR    Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations – See also RRFSO

RRFSO   Regulatory Reform ( Fire Safety) Order

GMC      General Medical Council

GP          General Practitioner

H&S       Health & Safety

HAZCHEM      Hazardous Chemical Warning Signs

HR          Human Resources

HSE        Health & Safety Executive

HASWA      Health & Safety at Work Act

ICOH      International Commission on Occupational Health

IOD        Institute of Directors

IOSH      Institution of Occupational Safety & Health

IRM        Integrated Risk Management (Us lot)

LOLER    Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations

LPG        Liquid Petroleum Gas

MEL       Maximum Exposure Limit

MHOR   Manual Handling Operation Regulations

MHSWR    Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations

MSD      Musculoskeletal Disorder

MSDS    Material Data Safety Sheet

NAWR   Noise at Work Regulations

NEBOSH     National Examination Board of Occupational Safety and Health

NOSH    Something to have at lunch

NHS       National Health Service

NIHL      Noise Induced Hearing Loss

OHSAS 18001   BSI Standard for Occupational Health & Safety

OSRPA  Offices Shops & Railway Premises Act

OMG     We made this one up

PAT        Portable Appliance Test

PPE        Personal Protective Equipment

Ppb        Parts Per Billion

Ppm       Parts Per Million

PUWER Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations

QA/QC  Quality Assurance/Quality Control

RCD        Residual Current Device

RIDDOR Reporting of Injuries, Disease & Dangerous Occurrences Regulations

RITA       Record of In-Training Assessment

RoSPA   Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

RPE        Respiratory Protective Equipment

RSA        Regional Specialty Adviser

RSI          Repetitive Strain Injury

SBS         Sick Building Syndrome

SFAIRP  So Far As Is Reasonably Practicable (see ALARP)

SWL       Safe Working Load

TUC        Trades Union Congress

VDU       Visual Display Unit

WHO     World Health Organisation

WHSWR       Workplace (Health Safety & Welfare) Regulations

WRULD Work Related Upper Limb Disorder

WEL       Work place Exposure Limit

F(S)A      Fire (Scotland) Act

HSA     Health  & Safety Authority (Republic of Ireland)

ICO     Information Commissioners Offics

WLL   Working Load Limit (See also SWL)

OSHCR    Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register