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Regulatory Affairs Acronyms

Acronym Description
ACGIH American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
AIHA American Industrial Hygiene Association
ANSI American National Standards Institute
API American Petroleum Institute
ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials
ATSDR Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
BACT Best Available Control Technology
BFI Bonafide intent
BOD Biological Oxygen Demand
CAA Clean Air Act
CAAA Clean Air Act Amendments
CAIR Comprehensive Assessment Information Rule
CAS Chemical Abstract Service
CBI Confidential Business Information
CDC Centers for Disease Control
CEM Continuous Emission Monitoring
CEPA Canadian Environmental Protection Act
CERCLA Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation Liability Act of 1980
CFATS Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
ChAMP Chemical Assessment and Management Program
CHEMTREC Chemical Transportation Emergency Center
CMP Chemical Management Program (Canada)
CMR Carcinogen, mutagen, reproductive toxin
CNS Central Nervous System
COD Chemical Oxygen Demand
CPSC Consumer Product Safety Commission
CSAT Chemical Security Assessment Tool
CSB Chemical Safety Board
CSHIB Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board
CWA Clean Water Act
DMR Discharge Monitoring Report
DO Dissolved Oxygen
DOD Department of Defense
DOE Department of Energy
DOJ Department of Justice
DOT Department of Transportation
DSL Domestic Substances List (Canada)
ECHA European Chemicals Agency
EHS Extremely Hazardous Substance (can double as Environmental Health & Safety)
EMS Environmental Management System (also see ISO14000)
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EPCRA Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FIFRA Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act
FOI Freedom of Information
FR Federal Register
GHS Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
GLP Good Laboratory Practices
GMP Good Manufacturing Procedures
GPO Government Printing Office
GRAS Generally Recognized as Safe
HAP Hazardous Air Pollutant
HazWoper 29 CFR 1910.120 - requirement to have all employees trained if they will be handling, managing or shipping hazardous wastes
HMIRC Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission (Canada)
HON Hazardous Organic NESHAP
HSDB Hazardous Substance Database
HWIR Hazardous Waste Identification Rule (by EPA)
IARC International Agency for Research on Cancer
IDLH Immediate Danger to Life or Health
IRIS Integrated Risk Information System (EPA)
ISO International Organization for Standardization
ISO14000 The ISO standard for environmental management systems
ITC Interagency Testing Committee
IUR Inventory Update Rule
LC50 Lethal Concentration 50; concentration lethal to 50% of the animals LDLO
LCA Life Cycle Analysis/ Assessment
LCA Life Cycle Analysis
LCLO Lethal Concentration Low; the lowest concentration at which death occurred
LD50 Lethal Dose 50; dose lethal to 50% of the animals
LDR EPA's Land Disposal Restrictions
LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
LEL Lower explosive limit
LEPC Local Emergency Planning Committee
LOAEL Lowest-observed-adverse-effect level
LOEL Lowest Observed Effect Level
MACT Maximum Achievable Control Technology
MARPOL International Convention on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships
MCL Maximum Concentration Limit or Level
MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet
MSHA Mine Safety and Health Administration
NAAQS National Ambient Air Quality Standards
NAICS North American Industry Classification System
NDSL Non-domestic Substances List (Canada)
NESHAP National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants
NFPA National Fire Protection Act
NIH National Institutes of Health
NIOSH National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
NOAEL No observed adverse effect level
NOC Notice of Commencement
NOEL No observed effect level
NoMI Notice of Manufacture/Import (Canada)
NPDES National Pollutantion Discharge Elimination System
NRC National Response Center; can double as National Research Council
NSC National Safety Council
NSN New Substances Notification (Canada)
NSPS New Source Performance Standards
NTIS National Technical Information Service
NTP National Toxicology Program
ODS Ozone Depleting Substances
OECD Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
OEL Occupational Exposure Limit
OPPT Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
OPPTS Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
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
PEL Permissible Exposure Limit
PM-10 Particulate Matter< 10 Micrometers
PMN Premanufacture Notification
POTW Publicly Owned Treatment Works
PPB Parts Per Billion
PPE Personal Protective Equipment (such as gloves, repirators, etc.)
PPM Parts Per Million
PRP Potentially Responsible Parties
PSM Process Safety Management
QA/QC Quality Assurance/Quality Control
R&D Research and Development
RACT Reasonably Available Control Technique
RCRA Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 - resulted in hazardous waste regulations - 40 CFR Parts 260 to 280
REACH Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (EU)
REL Recommended Exposure Limit (NIOSH)
RfC Inhalation Reference Concentration
RfD Oral Reference Dose
RI/FS Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study
RMP Risk Management Plan
RQ Reportable Quantity
RTECS Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances
SARA Superfund Amendment Reauthorization Act
SDS Safety data sheet
SDWA Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974
SERC State Emergency Response Commission
SIC Standard Industrial Classification
SIEF Substance Information Exchane Forum
SIP State Implementation Plan
SOCMA Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association
SPCC Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures
SPDES State Pollutant Discharge Elimination
STEL Short Term Exposure Limit. Unless designated otherwise, it is a 15 minute TWA exposure that could not be exceeded at any time during a workday.
SWPPP Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
TCLP Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure; test required under RCRA to determine the toxicity and characteristics of hazardous waste and the potential for migration
TLV Threshold Limit Value
TOC Total Organic Carbon
TPQ Threshold Planning Quantity
TQ Threshold Quantity
TRI Toxic Release Inventory
TSCA Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976
TSDF Treatment, Storage, or Disposal Facility (permitted hazardous waste facility)
TWA Time Weighted Average
UEF Unified Emission Factors (for boat building MACT standard)
UEL Upper explosive limit
USCG United States Coast Guard
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
UST Underground Storage Tanks (RCRA)
UTS Universal Treatment Standards
VOC Volatile Organic Compounds
WHMIS Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (Canada)