Environmental Health & Safety

Acronyms for Chemical Hygiene Plan
Acronym Description
AA Attainment Area
ACL Alternative Concentration Limit
ACM Asbestos-Containing Material
ANSI American National Standards Institute
AOC Area of Contamination
API American Petroleum Institute
AQCR Air Quality Control Region
ARAR Applicable Relevant and Appropriate Requirements (Cleanup Standards)
ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers
ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials
ATSDR Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
BACM Best Available Control Measure
BAT Best Available Technology
BATEA Best Available Technology Economically Achievable
BCT Best Conventional Technology
BDAT Best Demonstrational Achievable Technology (also "Available")
BDT Best Demonstrational Technology
BEJ Best Engineering Judgment
BIF Boiler and Industrial Furnace
BMP Best Management Practice
BOD Biological Oxygen Demand
BPJ Best Professional Judgment
BPT Best Practical Control Technology
BRS Biennial Reporting System
BTU British Thermal Units
C&D Construction and Demolition
CAA Clean Air Act
CAAA Clean Air Act Amendments
CBI Confidential Business Information
CAIR Comprehensive Assessment Information Rule
CAMU Corrective Action Management Unit
CAS Chemical Abstract Service
CCP Commercial Chemical Product
CDC Centers for Disease Control
CDD Chlorodibenzodioxin
CDF Chlorodibenzofuran
CEM Continuous Emission Monitoring
CEQ Council on Environmental Quality
CERCLA Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation Liability Act of 1980 (amended in 1984 and later)
CESQG Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator of hazardous wastes
CFC Chlorofluorocarbon -an ozone-depleting refrigerant
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CHEMTREC Chemical Transportation Emergency Center
CHIPS Chemical Hazards Information Profiles (EPA)
COD Chemical Oxygen Demand
CPSC Consumer Product Safety Commission (16 CFR)
CTG Control Techniques Guidelines
CWA Clean Water Act
DCO Delayed Compliance Order
DDT Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane -a toxic pesticide
DMR Discharge Monitoring Reports
DO Dissolved Oxygen
DOD Department of Defense
DOE Department of Energy
DOJ Department of Justice
DOT Department of Transportation
DRE Destruction and Removal Efficiency
EIS Environmental Impact Statement
EMS Environmental Management System (also see ISO14000)
EP Extraction Procedure
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EPR Extended Product Responsibility
ESA Environmental Site Assessment
EPCRA Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
ESP Electrostatic Precipitor
FDA Food and Drug Administration(21 CFR)
EUP Exceptional Use Permits
FFCA Federal Facility Compliance Act
FIFRA Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act
First Third August 17,1988, Federal Register (53 FR 31138) -the first of the hazardous waste land disposal restrictions
FR Federal Register
GLP Good Laboratory Practices
GNP Good Manufacturing Procedures
GPO Government Printing Office
GRAS Generally Recognized as Safe
GLPS Good Laboratory Practice Standards
HAP Hazardous Air Pollutant
HazWoper 29 CFR 1910.120 -the OSHA / EPA requirement to have all employees trained if they will be handling, managing or shipping hazardous wastes
HRS Hazard Ranking System
HCFC Hydrochlorofluorocarbon
HHW Household Hazardous Waste
HM Hazardous Material
HW Hazardous Waste
HSWA Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984
HWM Hazardous Waste Management
ID (as in ID number) -Hazardous Waste Identification Number assigned to RCRA generators, transporters, and TSDFs
Implementing Agency refers to the State or Regional office implementing RCRA
INUR Inventory Update Rule
ISO International Organization for Standardization
ISO14000 The ISO standard for environmental management systems
ITC Interagency Testing Committee
LAER Lowest Achievable Emission Rate
LCA Life Cycle Analysis/ Assessment
LDR Land Disposal Restrictions (40 CFR Part 268)
LEPC Local Emergency Planning Committee
Limit
LOEL Lowest Observed Effect Level
LQG Large Quantity Generator of hazardous wastes -this term has a specific definition under RCRA!
LUST Leaking Underground Storage Tanks
MACT Maximum Achievable Control Technology
MARPOL International Convention on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships
MCL Maximum Concentration Limit or Level
LQHUW Large Quantity Handlers of Universal Waste (haz wastes)
LSF Liquid Scintillation Fluid (rad waste)
MRQ Monthly Hotline Report Q&A, The Hotline prepares a monthly report that contains questions and answers on common or difficult RCRA topics. EPA publishes this report. The questions and answers can be usually used as EPA guidance. Beware: the hotline is run by an EPA contractor and their answers are often erratic and not legally binding
MSDS Material Safety DataSheet (under OSHA)
MSW Municipal Solid Waste (trash, nonhazwaste, etc.)
NAA Non-Attainment Area
NAAQS National Ambient Air Quality Standards
NCP National Contingency Plan
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act
NESHAP National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants
NIOSH National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
NIPDWR National Interim Primary Drinking Water Regulation
NPDES National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
NPL National Priorities List -the list of Superfund sites
NRC National Response Center
NFPA National Fire Protection Act
NIH National Institute for Health
NORM Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material
NRC Several possibilities: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, National Response Center, or National Research Council
NSDWR National Secondary Drinking Water Regulation
NSPS New Source Performance Standards
NSR New Source Review
NTIS National Technical Information Service (usually charges you for the same information that we provide free...)
ODS Ozone Depleting Substances (air emissions)
OPM Operation and Maintenance
ORD Office of Research and Development
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration (29 CFR)
OSW Office of Solid Waste
OSWER Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
P2 Pollution Prevention
PAIR Preliminary Assessment Information Rule
PBT Persistent, Bioaccumulative, Toxic
PCB Polychlorinated biphenyl -A toxic cooling oil used in the past in transformers and capacitors
PCP Pentachlorophenol
PEL Permissible Exposure Limit
PM-10 Particulate Matter< 10 Micrometers
PNA Polynuclear Aromatic Compounds
PNIN Pre-manufacture Notification
POTW Publicly Owned Treatment Works
PPB Parts Per Billion
PPM Parts Per Million
PRP Potentially Responsible Parties
PSD Prevention of Significant Deterioration
PPE Personal Protective Equipment (such as gloves, repirators, etc.)
QA/QC Quality Assurance/Quality Control
R&D Research and Development
RACM Reasonably Available Control Measure
RACT Reasonably Available Control Technique
RCRA Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 -resulted in hazardous waste regulations - 40 CFR Parts 260 to 280
RGD Radiation-Generating Devices
RI/FS Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study
RPCC Release Prevention, Control and Countermeasure
RQ Reportable Quantity
RMP Risk Management Plan
RSO Radiation Safety Officer
RUST RCRA Underground Storage Tanks
SARA Superfund Amendment Reauthorization Act
SBAP Small Business Assistance Program
SBO Small Business Ombudsman
SDWA Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974
Second Third June 23, 1989, Federal Register (54 FR 26594) -hazardous waste land disposal restrictions
SERC State Emergency Response Commission
SIC Standard Industrial Classification
SIP State Implementation Plan
SMCL Secondary Maximum Contamination Level
SNM Special Nuclear Material
SOC Schedule of Compliance
SPCC Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures
SPDES State Pollutant Discharge Elimination
SQG Small Quantity Generator of hazardous wastes (has a specific definition!)
SQHUW Small Quantity Handlers of Universal Waste (haz waste)
SW-846 Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste, Physical/Chemical Methods
SWMU Solid Waste Management Unit
SSLA Small Sealed Lead Acid (battery)
TAP Toxic Air Pollutant
TCDD Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin
TCE Tetrachloroethylene, perchloroethylene
TCLP Toxic Characteristic Leaching Procedure
Third Third June 1, 1990, Federal Register (55 FR 22520) -refers to hazardous wastes "landban" land disposal restrictions
TOC Total Organic Carbon
TPQ Threshold Planning Quantity (CERCLA community right-to-know)
TQ Threshold Quantity (spill reporting)
TRI Toxic Release Inventory (CERCLA community right-to-know)
TSCA Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 -regulates asbestos, PCBs, new chemicals being developed for sale and other chemicals
TSDF Treatment, Storage, or Disposal Facility (permitted hazardous waste facility)
TSS Total Suspended Solids
TWA Time Weighted Average
UHC Underlying Hazardous Constituent
UIC Underground Injection Control
USCG United States Coast Guard
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
USDW Underground Source of Drinking Water
USPS United States Postal Service
UST Underground Storage
UTS Universal Treatment Standards: These are the constituent-specific treatment standards found in §268.48.
VOC Volatile Organic Compounds
WAP Waste Analysis Plan -A plan that outlines the procedures necessary to ensure proper treatment, storage, or disposal of hazardous waste.