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DG / HazMat Industry Acronyms

DG / HazMat Industry Acronyms

Have you ever spoken with a seasoned Hazmat professional who is seemingly talking in gibberish?? There are so many special terms and abbreviations used in the regulations, one might think, how am I ever going to remember them all?

To assist with this issue, I wrote a blog providing you with all the terms I could think of.
If you can think of others, contact us, and I will update the list and publish it periodically!

AAR Association of American Railroads
ADR/RID European Road/Rail Conventions
ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials
ATA American Trucking Association
BOE Bureau of Explosives
CAS Chemical Abstract Service
CCCR Consumer Chemical and Containers Regulations
CERCLA Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act
CDC Center for Disease Control
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CGSB Canadian General Standards Board
COHMED Cooperative Hazardous Materials Enforcement Development
COHSR Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
COSTHA Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles
DGAC Dangerous Goods Advisory Council
DOL Department of Labor
DOT Department of Transportation
DSL Domestic Substances List
EC European Commission
EINECS European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical Substances
EmS Emergency Response Procedures for Ships Carrying Dangerous Goods
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
ERAP Emergency Response Assistance Plan
ERG Emergency Response Guide
ERP Emergency Response Plan
EU European Union
FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Administration
FMCSA Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
FAST Free and Secure Trade
FRA Federal Railroad Administration
GHS Globally Harmonized System
HMR Hazardous Materials Regulations
HMT Hazardous Materials Table
HPA Hazardous Products Act
IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency
IATA International Air Transport Association
IBC Intermediate Bulk Container
ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization
IMO International Maritime Organization
IMDG Code International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code
ISHP Identification number, shipping name, hazard class, packing group
ISO International Organization for Standardization
ISTA International Safe Transit Association
NAFTA North America Free Trade Agreement
NFPA National Fire Protection Association
NOS Not Otherwise Specified
NRC National Response Center
NTSB National Transportation Safety Board
OECD Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
PG Packing Group
PHMSA Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
PIH Poison Inhalation Hazard
POP Performance Oriented Packaging
RAD Radioactive
RCRA Research Conservation and Recovery Act
REACH Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals
RQ Reportable Quantities
TC Transport Canada
TDGA Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act
TDGR Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations
TIH Toxic Inhalation Hazard
TSA Transportation Security Administration
TSCA Toxic Substance Control Act
SARA Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act
SP Special permit
UN United Nation
WHO World Health Organization
WHMIS Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
WTO World Trade Organization

Another tool for your toolbox. I hope you find it helpful.

Questions or more Acronyms to add? Contact the Regulatory Experts at ICC Compliance Center.


Karrie Ishmael, CDGP

Karrie Ishmael has been with ICC since 1988. She has contributed to ICC's growth in various capacities, including customer service, sales, and marketing. In her current role as ICC's Senior Regulatory Expert and SDS author, Karrie conducts hazardous materials training classes in 49 CFR, IATA, IMDG, TDG along with OSHA and WHMIS hazard communication courses. When not training, she writes safety data sheets for customers to comply with North American and European requirements. She actively participates in many associations, including DGAC, COSTHA and is the former chair of SCHC’s OSHA Alliance Committee.

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