Common Safety Terms

Fire Safety Terms

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ANSI

STANDS FOR THE AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARDS INSTITUTE. THIS CONSENSUS BODY CONSISTS OF VOLUNTEER SAFETY PROFESSIONALS WHO CREATE OR REVISE DOCUMENTS ON TEST REQUIREMENTS, PROCEDURAL METHODS AND PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS. WHEN A MANUFACTURER MEETS THESE SPECIFICATIONS, THEN THE LETTER "Z" PLUS THE STANDARD CAN BE PLACED ON THE MANUFACTURER'S PRODUCTS. EG. ANSI Z87.1 IS THE STANDARD FOR EYE AND FACE PROTECTIVE DEVICES.


CFR

STANDS FOR THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS. THESE ARE THE FEDERAL LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES. 

 

CFIA

STANDS FOR THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY. IT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL INSPECTION AND ASSOCIATED ACTIVITIES RELATED TO FOOD SAFETY. 

 

CGSB

REPRESENTS THE CANADIAN GENERAL STANDARDS BOARD. THIS IS THE LARGEST STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT AND CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT ORGANIZATION IN CANADA, WHICH IS RECOGNIZED WORLD WIDE. A SUPPLIER WHO MEETS THESE STANDARDS IS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED. 

 

CFM

CUBIC FEET PER MINUTE 

 

CLASS A FIRE

WOOD, PAPER, CLOTH, TRASH OR OTHER ORDINARY MATERIALS. 

 

CLASS B FIRE

GASOLINE, GREASE, OIL, PAINT, OR OTHER FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS. 

 

CLASS C FIRE

LIVE ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT 

 

CLASS D FIRE

FLAMMABLE METALS. 

 

CSA

IS THE CANADIAN STANDARDS ASSOCIATION. A NON-PROFIT, VOLUNTARY MEMBERSHIP ASSOCIATION WHICH DEVELOPS STANDARDS THROUGH CONSENSUS. ALSO OFFERS CLARIFICATION AND TESTING SERVICES.
 

dB

STANDS FOR DECIBEL. A UNIT FOR MEASURING THE INTENSITY OF SOUND ON A SCALE
OF 0-130. THE HIGHER THE NUMBER, THE GREATER THE SOUND.
 

IDLH

IMMEDIATELY DANGEROUS TO LIFE AND HEALTH; IS ANY ATMOSPHERE THAT POSES AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO LIFE, WOULD CAUSE IRREVERSIBLE ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS, OR WOULD IMPAIR AN INDIVIDUAL'S ABILITY TO
ESCAPE FROM A DANGEROUS SITUATION.
 

WHMIS

STANDS FOR WORKPLACE HAZARDOUS MATERIAL INFORMATION.
 

LEVEL A CLOTHING

SHOULD BE WORN WHEN THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF RESPIRATORY, SKIN AND EYE PROTECTION IS NEEDED.
 

LEVEL B CLOTHING

SHOULD BE WORN WHEN THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF RESPIRATORY PROTECTION IS NEEDED, BUT A LESSER LEVEL OF SKIN PROTECTION IS REQUIRED.

 

LEVEL C CLOTHING

SHOULD BE WORN WHEN THE CRITERIA FOR USING AIR-PURIFYING RESPIRATORS ARE MET.

 

LEVEL D CLOTHING

SHOULD BE WORN ONLY AS A WORK UNIFORM AND NOT ON ANY SITE WITH RESPIRATORY OR SKIN HAZARDS.

 

MSDS

STANDS FOR MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET. THESE DATA SHEETS PROVIDE PRECAUTIONARY INFORMATION ON THE SAFE HANDLING OF A PRODUCT AS WELL AS THE EMERGENCY AND FIRST AID PROCEDURES.NFPA NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION.

THIS ORGANIZATION PROMOTES KNOWLEDGE OF FIRE PROTECTION METHODS.

 

NIOSH

IS THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH. IT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TESTING AND CERTIFYING OF RESPIRATORY DEVICES AND PERFORMING RESEARCH AND CONSULTATION USED BY OSHA AND OTHER GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES AND EMPLOYERS.

 

NRR

STANDS FOR NOISE REDUCTION RATING.

 

OSHA

IS THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION. THEY REGULATE THE USE OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IN THE WORKPLACE.

 

PEL

REPRESENTS THE PERMISSIBLE EXPOSURE LIMIT. THIS IS THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF A TOXIC SUBSTANCE THAT A WORKER CAN BE SUBJECTED TO, USUALLY AS AN AVERAGE OF 8 HOURS (CALLED TIME WEIGHTED AVERAGE).  

 

PPE

STANDS FOR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, WHICH IS WORN BY A WORKER FOR PROTECTION FROM THEIR ENVIRONMENT.

 

TLV

STANDS FOR THE THRESHOLD LIMIT VALUE. IT IS THE AVERAGE SAFE AIR BORNE CONCENTRATION OF A SUBSTANCE AND REPRESENTS CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH IT IS BELIEVED THAT NEARLY ALL WORKERS MAY BE REPEATEDLY EXPOSED TO DAY AFTER DAY WITHOUT ADVERSE EFFECTS.

 

Terms provided by Mccordick Glove and Safety Inc.

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