Acronyms in ESH
This is a partial listing of commonly used ESH
acronyms. In addition to these, several programs have terms specific to their
area. See the definition sections in
ESH Manual Chapters for terms
relevant to that area.
If you do not see an acronym here, please see
Speak - a database of terms used across SLAC.
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- AHA: Area Hazard Analysis. A document that describes hazards and controls in a specific area.
- AHJ: Authorities Having Jurisdiction. AHJs are individuals at SLAC
who are subject matter experts in hazards of special concern. Together
with Safety Officers (SO), they generally have oversight duties in their area.
All SOs and AHJs report to the Chief Safety Officer.
- ALARA: As Low As Reasonably Achievable. A committee that provides expertise in ionizing-radiation radiological doses and releases from radioactive source material and radiation-generating devices, and also evaluates the annual radiological dose records for various groups at SLAC, and proposes changes in operating procedures or equipment design that may lead to a reduction in radiological dose to personnel.
- ASER: Annual Site Environmental Reports, which are ESH Divisional Reports.
- ATS: Action Tracking System. Used to track corrective
actions generated from SLAC incidents, SLAC assessments, both internal and
external, and at times, lessons learned.
- BAAQMD: Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
- CBT: Computer Based Training.
- CMS: Chemical Management Services. An industry term and also a group within the
Safety Section ESH.
- CATS: Corrective Action Tracking System. Replaced by ATS (Action Tracking System)
- CRADs: Criteria Review and Approach Documents.
- CSO: Chief Safety Officer. The CSO is appointed by the laboratory
director and has oversight duties for safety issues. Safety Officers (SO) and
Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) report to the Chief Safety Officer.
- DART: Subset of the TRC (Total Reportable Cases, see below) in which incidents result in Days Away from work, work Restrictions, or Transfer.
- DMUF: Dust Mask User's Form.
- DOE: Department of Energy.
- DREP: Dosimetry & Radiological Environment Protection. A group
within the RP Department in ESH.
- EMS: Environmental Management System. Now a part of the ISEMS program. It was originally developed as a parallel to integrated safety management (ISM); the two were merged in 2006.
- EnvSC: Environmental Safety Committee. Disbanded 2014.
- EOESH: Employee Orientation to Environmental Safety and Health.
Training Course #219.
- EP: Environmental Protection Department. This department supports sound stewardship practices that are protective of the air, water, land and other natural resources impacted by operations in pursuit of the SLAC mission. A
Department in the ESH Division.
- EqSC: Earthquake Safety Committee.
- ER: Environmental Restoration. A group within the EP Department in ESH.
- ESC: Electrical Safety Committee.
- esh: environment, safety, and health. When used in small letters in documents, this acronym represents the whole concept. See below for capitalized letters.
- ESH / ES&H / ESHD: Environment, Safety, and Health Division. When used in capital letters (in any of the combinations
shown here), this acronym refers to the Division that oversees top-level policies and programs relating to esh.
- ESH Coordinator: Also commonly referred to as 'Safety Coordinator'. A person within a directorate, division, department, or group that serves as the first point-of-contact on esh matters.
- ETA: see STA - term changed in 2004
- FMD: Formerly - Facility Manager Deputy. Under ORPS, a facility manager deputy
is an individual who rotates being on call 24/7 in order to report emergency
occurrences at SLAC to DOE and other necessary parties. FMDs are responsible to
the SLAC Facility Manager, who heads the ORPS program. Changed in 2013 to
- FO: Field Operations. A group within the RP Department in ESH.
They conduct radiological Area (RA) surveys, monitoring and postings. See the
FO Website for more information.
- FPSC: Fire Protection Safety Committee. Disbanded 2014.
- GDF: Gasoline Dispensing Facility.
- GERT: General Employee Radiological Training. Training Course #115.
- HEEC: Hazardous Experimental Equipment Committee. Disbanded 2014.
- HRSC: Hoisting and Rigging Safety Committee. Disbanded 2014.
- HWM: Hazardous Waste Management. Also commonly referred to as
WM. An industry term, and also a group within the EP Department of ESH.
The mission of the Hazardous Waste Management Group is to ensure SLAC manages
hazardous waste in compliance with applicable regulations and DOE orders.
- IH: Industrial Hygiene. An industry term and also a program within ESH.
The Industrial Hygiene program keeps SLAC healthy and safe by anticipation,
recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of environmental factors or
stresses which may cause sickness or impaired health and well being.
- ISO: Institutional Safety Officer. Also commonly referred to
as SO. A person designated by the SLAC Director having specific ESH
authority in a hazard topic such as lasers, radiation, or electricity.
- ISMS: See ISEMS - term changed in 2006 to include EMS
- ISEMS: Integrated Safety and Environmental Management System. A
system to bring safety and environment into work practices at all levels.
- Line Management: Managers and supervisors who oversee programs, facilities, or people and have a responsibility for safety of each.
- LOTO: Lockout/Tagout Program. Allows individual departments to issue LOTO tags and locks to their authorized employees.
- LSC: Laser Safety Committee.
- LSO: Laser Safety Officer.
- MSDS: Material Safety Data Sheets.
- MEWP: Mobile Elevating Work Platforms.
- NiRSC: Non-ionizing Radiation Safety Committee.
- NIOSH: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG) is intended as a source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals.
- NPG: NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. See NIOSH above.
- OIO: Office of Independent Oversight. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Independent Oversight conducted an inspection of environment, safety, and health programs at SLAC in October and November 2006.
- ORPS: Occurrence Reporting Program System.
- PAAA: Price Anderson Amendments Act.
- PCBs: Polychlorinated Biphenyls. PCB-containing equipment or PCB-contaminated material is strictly regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and it must be handled and disposed of in accordance with the requirements described in Chapter 32.
- PPE: Personal Protective Equipment.
- PPWM: Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization. A program within the
EP Department in ESH. The PPWM program provides support to reduce SLAC impact
on the land, water and air quality and promote environmental stewardship in its
activities and operations.
- PTO: Permit to Operate.
- RP / RPD: Radiation Protection Department in the ESH Division.
Radiation Protection supports all radiological designs and operations in support
of the mission of SLAC.
- RP / RPG: Radiation Physics. An industry term and also a group within the RP Department in ESH.
RPG provides oversight for the safe operation of existing beam lines and
experiments, and expertise for design of shielding and radiation safety systems
for new experiments and facilities. RPG also performs applied research in
radiation physics related to the overall SLAC mission, and provides expertise in
this area to others at SLAC in support of their research efforts.
- Recordable Incident: An incident rising to a defined level of severity that must be recorded on SLAC's OSHA log.
- RSC: Radiation Safety Committee.
- RSO: Radiation Safety Officer.
- RWM: Radioactive Waste Management. A group within the RP Department in ESH.
RWM manages, processes, and arranges for disposal of radioactive and mixed
wastes. They also develop and implement waste handling procedures to
ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
- SADs: Safety Assessment Documents. Accelerator Division documents.
- Safety Coordinator: A person within a directorate, division, department, or group that serves as the first point-of-contact on esh matters.
The formal term is 'ESH Coordinator', however 'Safety Coordinator' is
used. In some areas, the terms are used to distinguish between the
Division lead point of contact (ESH Coordinator) and Group contacts (Safety
- SME: Subject Matter Expert. A person in ESH or elsewhere at SLAC with special esh expertise and authority.
- SMS: see ISEMS. Safety Management System. This version
is often used to refer to the program document of ISEMS (Integrated Safety and
Environmental Management System.
- SO: Safety Officer. Sometimes referred to as ISO
(Institutional Safety Officer). A person designated by the SLAC Director having
specific ESH authority in a hazard topic such as lasers, radiation, or
electricity. All SOs report to the Chief Safety Officer (CSO).
- SOC: Safety Overview Committee. One of SLAC's Advisory Committees. Coordinates efforts of other Advisory Committees.
- SON: Safety Orientation for Non-SLAC Employees. Training Course #386.
- STA: SLAC Training Assessment. A formal process matching training with hazards that an individual faces in his/her work.
- SWAA: Satellite Waste Accumulation Areas. A special area that meets specific regulatory criteria and follows special rules. SWAA designation is reserved for areas that generate small amounts of waste from a single process. SLAC has only a few SWAAs.
- TRC: Total Recordable Case. A rating used in recordable incidents, defined as the number of cases per 200,000 person hours worked per year.
Often used in conjunction with DART statistics (in which incidents result in
Days Away from work, work Restrictions, or Transfer).
- USEPA: United States Environmental Protection Agency.
- UTR: University Technical Representative. The UTR Guide is the
formal SLAC University Technical Representative Requirements and Procedures for Construction.
- WAA: Waste Accumulation Area.
- WM: Waste Management. The formal name is 'Hazardous Waste
Management' (HWM), however, this shortening is commonly used. An industry term,
and also a group within the EP Department of ESH. The mission of the
Hazardous Waste Management Group is to ensure SLAC manages hazardous waste in
compliance with applicable regulations and DOE orders.
- WSHP: Worker Safety & Health Program.