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Glossary of Safety Terms
Accident Prevention – a set of precautionary, measures taken to avoid possible bodily harm.
Audit – an assessment of a safety and health program’s documentation and or a physical location to ensure regulation compliance by a trained safety professional.
ANSI – American National Standards Institute.
Approved – Sanctioned, endorsed, accredited, certified, or accepted as satisfactory by a duly constituted and nationally recognized authority or agency.
Authorized person – A person approved or assigned by the employer to perform a specific type of duty or duties or to be at a specific location or locations at the jobsite. See designated person.
Benchmark – any standard or reference by which others can be measured or judged.
Certified – Equipment is “certified” if it (a) has been tested and found by a nationally recognized testing laboratory to meet nationally recognized standards or to be safe for use in a specified manner; or (b) is of a kind whose production is periodically inspected by a nationally recognized testing laboratory; and (c) it bears a label, tag, or other record of certification.
C.I.H. – Certified Industrial Hygienist.
Competent person – One who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings, or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.
Compliance – conforming to mandatory and voluntary regulations and standards; accident and injury histories; the courts; and custom and practice.
Consultation – The act or process of consulting, a conference at which advice is given or views exchanged.
Consulting – acting as an advisor on professional matters.
Corrective Actions – is a change implemented to address a weakness identified in a management system. Normally corrective actions are instigated in repose to a customer complaint.
C.S.P. – Certified Safety Professional – is a certification offered in the United States by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). The CSP has been accredited in the United States by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards.
The requirements for CSP are:
an associate’s degree in safety and health, or an accredited bachelor’s degree in any field
four or more years of professional safety experience
passing the Safety Fundamentals and/or Comprehensive Practice examinations
Dangerous goods – Also referred to as hazardous materials. Any solid, liquid, or gas that can harm people, other living organisms, property, or the environment.
Designated person – See Authorized person.
D.O.T. – Department of Transportation – The United States federal department that institutes and coordinates national transportation programs, created in 1966.
Due Diligence – is a term used for a number of concepts involving either the performance of an investigation of a business or person, or the performance of an act with a certain standard of care. The process through which a potential acquirer evaluates a target company or its assets for acquisition.
Employee – Every laborer or mechanic, regardless of the contractual relationship which may be alleged to exist between the laborer and mechanic and the contractor or subcontractor who engaged him. “Laborer” generally means one who performs manual labor or who labors at an occupation requiring physical strength; “mechanic” generally means a worker skilled with tools.
Employer – Contractor or subcontractor.
Equivalent – Alternative designs, materials, or methods to protect against a hazard which the employer can demonstrate will provide an equal or greater degree of safety for employees than the methods, materials or designs specified in the standard.
Ergonomics – The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort.
Expert witness – A witness who has knowledge not normally possessed by the average person concerning the topic that he is to testify about. Is a witness who by virtue of education, training, skill, or experience, is believed to have knowledge in a particular subject beyond that of the average person.
General Industry – Concerned with applicable to, or affecting the whole or every member of a class category of manufacturing and processing of material and services.
Hazard – A chance, an accident, a chance of being injured or harmed, danger, a possible source of danger to life, to health, property, or environment.
Hazard Elimination – To get rid of, remove, a chance, an accident, and a chance of being injured or harmed.
Hazard Recognition – The act of recognizing or condition of being recognized, a chance of being injured or harmed -acceptance or acknowledgement.
Hazardous substance – A substance which, by reason of being explosive, flammable, poisonous, corrosive, oxidizing, irritating, or otherwise harmful, is likely to cause death or injury.
Hazmat – abbreviation for hazardous material. Also referred to as dangerous goods. Any solid, liquid, or gas that can harm people, other living organisms, property, or the environment.
House keeping Audit – an assessment of a physical location to ensure regulation compliance by a trained safety professional.
Industrial Hygiene – May be involved with the assessment and control of chemical, physical or biological hazards in the work place that could cause disease or discomfort. Also called upon to communicate effectively regarding hazard, risk, and appropriate protective procedures, and to manage people and program for the preservation of health and well being of those who enter the workplace.
Informal hearing – Not being in accord with prescribed regulations or forms, unofficial not formal or ceremonious, opportunity to be heard, a session as of a investigatory committee or a grand jury, at which testimony is taken form witnesses, a legal proceeding before a court or other decision making body or officer.
Inspection – The act of inspecting, official examination or review, an organized examination, or formal evaluation excise.
Internal investigation – of, relating to, or located within the limits or surface, inner detailed inquiry or systematic examination.
Internet based training – A computer network consisting of a world wide network that use the TCP/IP network for observation or premise from which a reasoning process of being a person to an agreed standard of proficiency by practiced instruction.
Job Safety Analysis – breaks down a job into its components and identifies hazards and risks of each component.
JSA – Job Safety Analysis – is a common term used in construction or jobsite environment by Field Personal or Project Mangers. An excellent example of which General Contractors and Sub contractors must comply to for a NJSCC project.
Litigation – The process of bringing or contesting a lawsuit.
Loss control – the act or an instance of loosing, the disadvantage or deprivation resulting from losing, excise authoritative or dominating influence over direct, to adjust to a requirement, regulate.
Loss Control Management – The act, manner, or practice of managing handling supervision or control skill in managing, executive ability.
Mitigation – To moderate (a quality or condition) in force or intensity, alleviate, to become milder.
Mock audits – a method for assessing the quality of a company’s existing safety compliance efforts. Following each mock audit, an in-depth written report is prepared and submitted to the client in a timely manner. This is performed to identify and correct potential safety compliance issues.
On-site audits – To examine, verify, or correct the safety practices and records on the work site utilizing OSHA standards specific to that site.
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration – A government agency in the department of Labor to maintain a safe and health work environment.
Policy development – A course of action, in a significant event occurrence, or change an event or incident that changes a situation.
Powered Industrial Trucks – Commonly called forklifts, or lift trucks, are used in many industries. primarily to remove materials.
Program Development – System analysis involves creating a formal model of the problem to be solved.
Qualified Person – One who, by possession of a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training, and experience, has successfully demonstrated his ability to solve or resolve problems relating to the subject matter, the work, or the project.
Registered Professional Engineer – A person who is registered as a professional engineer in the state where the work is to be performed. However, a professional engineer registered in any state is deemed to be a “registered professional engineer” within the meaning of this standard when approving designs for “manufactured protective systems” or “tabulated data” to be used in interstate commerce.
Regulatory compliance – To adjust to a particular specification or requirement
Safety Coordinator – One that is equal in importance, rank or degree, in condition of being safe, freedom from danger, risk or injury.
Safety factor – The ratio of the ultimate breaking strength of a member or piece of material or equipment to the actual working stress or safe load when in use.
Safety Engineer – a person who inspects all possible danger spots in a factor, mine or other industrial building or plant.
Safety Manager – Provides cost savings and staffing flexibility while ensuring you’re in compliance with safety regulations.
Safety Strategy – The act of being safe, understand how strategy affects structure and how the choice of structure affects efficiency and effectiveness.
Six Sigma Quality – is a set of practices originally developed by Motorola to systematically improve processes by eliminating defects.
Temporary staffing – provide short term to long term experienced professionals to companies in an efficient and productive process.
Third party Administrator – (TPA) is an organization that processes insurance claims for a separate entity. This can be viewed as “outsourcing” the administration of the claims processing, since the TPA is performing a task traditionally handled by the company providing the insurance. Often, a TPA handles the claims processing for an employer that self-insures its employees. Thus, the employer is acting as an insurance company and underwrites the risk. The risk of loss remains with the employer, and not with the TPA. The employer may also contract with a reinsurer to pay amounts in excess of a certain threshold, in order to share the risk for potential catastrophic claims.
Turn Key – is a project in which separate entities are responsible for setting up a plant or equipment and for putting it into operation.
Unsafe acts – Actions that will lead to potential injury, loss of time, or properly damage.
Worker’s Compensation – (colloquially known as workers’ comp in North American English provides insurance to cover medical care and compensation for employees who are injured in the course of employment, in exchange for mandatory relinquishment of the employee’s right to sue their employer for the tortof negligence.
Workplace safety – Employers are required to meet health and safety standards in the workplace.
Workers’s Compensation – Payments required by law to be made to an employee who is injured or disabled in connection with work.