skip to main content
Environmental Health and Safety
The University of Mississippi

Abbreviations and Acronyms

λ Wavelength
AAUS American Academy of Underwater Sciences
ACGIH American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.
ACM Asbestos containing materials
ACS American Chemical Society
AEL Accessible Emission Limits
ALARA As Low As Reasonably Achievable
ALI Annual Limit on Intake
AMCA Air Monitoring and Control Association
ANSI American National Standards Institute
ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers
ATF Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Regulations
BC A buoyancy compensator
Bl (as in Bl4) Biosafety Level
Bp Boiling Point
CA Classroom Authorization
CAS No. or CAS # Chemical Abstracts Registration Number
CBC Complete blood count
CDC Centers for Disease Control
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CGA Compressed Gas Association
CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
DCB Diving Control Board
DCO Diving Control Officer
DEQ Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
DHS Department of Health and Safety
DOT Department of Transportation
DRH Division of Radiological Health of the Mississippi State Department of Health
EMS Emergency Medical System
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
FDA Food and Drug Administration
Fp Flash Point
fpm Feet per Minute
FR Federal Register
FSW Feet of Salt Water
Hazmat Hazardous Materials
HEPA High Efficiency Particulate Air Filter
HID High Intensity Discharge Lamps
IACUC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
IBC Institutional Biosafety Committee
IDLH Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health
IRB Institutional Review Board
LASER Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
LD50 Lethal Dose for 50% of a population
LEL Lower Explosion Limit
LGAC Laser Generated Air Contaminants
LLW Mixed Low Level Waste
LSO Laser Safety Officer
MDA Minimum Detectable Activity
MHWM Mississippi Hazardous Waste Regulations
MPE Maximum Permissible Exposure
MSDEQ Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
MSDH Mississippi State Department of Health
MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet
mW Milliwatt
NFPA National Fire Protection Association
NFPA70 National Electric Code
NHZ Nominal Hazard Zone
NiCad Nickel Cadmium containing batteries
NIH National Institutes of Health
NIOSH National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology
nitrox Any breathable mixture of nitrogen and oxygen.
NRC Nuclear Regulatory Commission
D λ Optical Density
PADI Professional Association of Dive Instructors.
PCB Polychlorinated Biphenyls
pdf portable document format
PI Principal Investigator
PPE Personal Protective Equipment
RA Regular Authorization
RAC Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee
RCRA Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
RSC University Radiological Safety Coordinator
RSO University Radiation Safety Officer
RSSC Radiation Safety Sub-Committee
SCUBA Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus
SIO Scripps Institution of Oceanography
SMACNA Sheet Metal and Air Conditioner Contractor’s National Association
SOP Standard Operating Procedure
TA Temporary Authorization
TCLP Toxic Characteristics Leaching Procedure
TLVs Threshold Limit Values
TOC Total Organic Carbon
TSS Total Suspended Solids
UEL Upper Explosion Limit
UTS Universal Treatment Standard
VDT Video Display Terminals
WBGT Wet Bulb Globe Temperature Index