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Common Environmental, Health and Safety Abbreviations

The world of environmental, health and safety is has a language all its own, made up entirely of abbreviations and acronyms.

From EHS to QHSSE, these shortened forms of words or phrases are often used in writing and conversation — so it’s important to know what they stand for.

And since abbreviations can vary from one country or even one organization to another, you might find it difficult to keep up when attending a conference or moving to a new company.

We’ve compiled this glossary of common environmental, health and safety abbreviations and acronyms to help you quickly decode these terms in the field. Don't forget to bookmark this page so you can return to it in the future!

Environmental, Health and Safety Glossary

ANSI: American National Standards Institute

ASTM: American Society of Testing and Materials

CARB: California Air Release Board

CAS: Chemical Abstracts Service

CEMS: Continuous Emission Monitoring System

CERCLA: Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act

CFATS: Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards

CFR: Code of Federal Regulations

COI: Chemicals of Interest

CPSC: Consumer Product Safety Commission

CSB: US Chemical Safety Board

CSR: Corporate Social Responsibility

DAS: Data Acquisition System

DEQ: Department of Environmental Quality

DHS: US Department of Homeland Security

DOT: Department of Transportation

EEA: European Environment Agency

EHS: Environmental, Health and Safety

EINECS: European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical Substances

EMIS: Environmental Management Information System

EMS: Environmental Management System

EPA: US Environmental Protection Agency

EPCRA: Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act

ERM: Enterprise Risk Management

ERP: Enterprise Resource Planning

EU CLP: European Regulation on Classification, Labeling and Packaging

EU-OSHA: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

FEM: Federal Equivalent Method

FIFRA: Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act

FRM: Federal Reference Method

GHG: Greenhouse Gas

GHS: Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

HAPS: Hazardous Air Pollutants

HAZMAT: Hazardous Materials

HAZWOPER: Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response

HCS: Hazard Communication Standard

HMIS: Hazardous Materials Information System

HSE: Health, Safety and Environment

HSEQ: Health, Safety, Environment and Quality

HSSE: Health, Safety, Security and Environment

HSSEQ: Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Quality

IFCS: International Forum on Chemical Safety

ILO: International Labor Organization

ISO: International Organization for Standardization

IUPAC: International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

MSDS: Material Safety Data Sheet

MSHA: Mine Safety and Health Administration

NAAQS: National Ambient Air Quality Standards

NAFTA: North American Free Trade Agreement

NRC: Nuclear Regulatory Commission

OECD: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

OHS: Occupational Health and Safety

OSH: Occupational Safety and Health

OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

PPE: Personal Protective Equipment

PSDS: Product Safety Data Sheet

QHSE: Quality, Health, Safety and Environment

QHSSE: Quality, Health, Safety, Security and Environment

RTK: Right To Know

SDG: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

SDS: Safety Data Sheet

SHE: Safety, Health and Environment

TRI: Toxic Release Inventory

TSCA: Toxic Substances Control Act

WHMIS: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

WWF: World Wildlife Fund

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