Industry Acronyms

Every industry is plagued with its own three and four-letter acronyms and as we come across them, we will add them here. 

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ABCLAustralian Beverages Council Limited
ABLISAustralian Business Licence and Information Service
ABWIAustralian Bottled Water Institute
ACDAsbestos Contaminated Dust or Debris
ACMAsbestos Containing Materials
ACRAnnual Condition Report
AESMRAnnual Essential Services Maintenance Report

Aqueous Film Forming Foam, and is used in a foam type fire extinguisher

ALCIAppliance Leakage Current Interrupter
AMOAmosite often referred to as brown asbestos, is a trade name for the amphiboles belonging to the cummingtonite-grunerite solid solution series, commonly from South Africa, named as a partial acronym for “Asbestos Mines of South Africa”.
ANSIAmerican National Standards Institute
ARTGAustralian Register of Therapeutic Goods
ASCIAAustralasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy

Automatic Signalling Equipment, often used as part of a fire alarm system to send an automatic signal to the fire services if a smoke or fire alarm is tripped

ASIALAustralian Security Industry Association Limited
AVBAtmospheric Vacuum Breaker (see wiki)
BAUBusiness as usual
BCABuilding Code of Australia

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan, often used together, the terms Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery are very different.

Business Continuity refers to the ability of a business to continue critical functions and business processes after the occurrence of a disaster, whereas Disaster Recovery refers specifically to the Information Technology (IT) and data-centric functions of the business, and is a subset of Business Continuity.

BGABreak Glass Alarm refers to those “In the event of fire, break glass” boxes you see around many buildings.

Building Occupant Warning System (see Terms for a longer description)

BSRBoard of Standards Review (ANSI term)
BWOFBuilding Warrant of Fitness


Corrective Action Request

CBMCondition Based Maintenance i.e. maintenance that occurs only when the need arises, performed after one or more indicators show that equipment is going to fail or that equipment performance is deteriorating. Compare with Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM)
CHRChrysotile (or white asbestos)
COCarbon monoxide
CO2Carbon dioxide
COACertificate of Analysis is a document issued by a laboratory that contains the actual results obtained from testing a sample

- Certificate of Currency

- Certificate of Conformance

- Certificate of Compliance

COESCertificate of Electrical Safety (mainly used in Victoria, Australia)


Community of Interest

CROCrocidolite (blue asbestos) was commonly used to insulate steam engines. It was also used in some spray-on coatings, pipe insulation, plastics and cement products.
DCDADouble Check Detector Assembly generally associated with Backflow devices (see wiki)
DCV/AVDouble Check Valve with intermediate vent generally associated with Backflow devices (see wiki)
DCV/DCADouble Check Valve Assembly generally associated with Backflow devices (see wiki)
DCVADouble Check Valve Assembly generally associated with Backflow devices (see wiki)
DFSVDairy Food Safety Victoria (Australia)
DLP/ILPDirect Low Pressure (see also ILP, Indirect Low Pressure)


Dry Powder (then class A to E) Extinguisher (See this article for a longer explanation)
DTSDeemed to Satisfy
ECOEmergency Control Organisation
EHHExtra High Hazard for sprinkler systems (see wiki)
EHSEnvironment, Health, and Safety
ELCBEarth Leakage Circuit Breaker
ELHExtra Low Hazard for sprinkler systems (see wiki)
EMSEnvironmental Management System
EPAEnvironmental Protection Agency

Essential Safety Measure Service Report. For a non-exhaustive list of Essential Safety Measures see Terms


– Emergency Warning and Intercommunication System

– Emergency Warden Intercommunication System

FIPFire Indicator Panel
FSANZFood Standards Australia New Zealand
GFCI/GFIGround Fault Circuit Interrupter or Ground Fault Interrupter

– General Purpose Outlet also known as a power socket

– General Post Office, as in GPO Box 22

HHHigh Hazard
HMMPHazardous Materials Management Plan
Hose VBHose Vacuum Breaker (see wiki)
HRWHigh Risk Work
HVACHeating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (see wiki)
IICRInstitute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification
ILPIndirect Low Pressure (See also DLP, Direct Low Pressure)
IQPIndependent Qualified Person. An Independent Qualified Person (IQP) is a person who is accepted by a regulatory body as being appropriately qualified to carry out an audit, inspection and/or maintenance. This person should not have a financial interest in the item or party under investigation.
JSAJob Safety Analysis
KPIKey Performance Indicator
LBPLicenced Building Practitioner
LHLight Hazard Seems to be used regarding the design of sprinkler systems where the classifications Light hazard (LH) Ordinary Hazard (OH) and High Hazard (HH) depends on the occupancy.
LMSLearning Management System
MACMoves, Adds and Changes. Associated with managed services.
MAPManual Call Point. A manual way to set off a fire alarm (see wiki)
MMMFMan-Made Mineral Fibres (see also SVF and SMF)
MSDMusculoskeletal disorder
MSDSMaterial Safety Data Sheet. Now known as SDS and occasionally written as (M)SDS
NABERSNational Australian Built Environment Rating System
NADNo asbestos detected
NCCNational Construction Code (Australia)
OHOrdinary Hazard.
OHSOccupational Health and Safety. Similar to Workplace Health and Safety (WHS)
PATPortable appliance testing. Often used instead of Test & Tag

– Printed Circuit Board

– Polychlorinated Biphenyl

PCBUPerson Conducting a Business or Undertaking
PCTPatent Cooperation Treaty
PP&EProperty, Plant and Equipment. Often a financial term and not to be confused with PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
PPEPersonal Protective Equipment (see wiki)
PVBPressure Vacuum Breaker (see wiki)

– Registered Air Gap. Generally associated with Backflow devices (see wiki). Not too sure why they are “Registered”

– Red Amber Green report, similar to an exception report

RCBOResidual Current Circuit Breaker with Overcurrent Protection. Suppose it really should be RCCBOP?
RCCBResidual Current Circuit Breaker
RCDResidual Current Device
RCFRefractory Ceramic Fibres
RODIRead Only Data Interface
RPDAReduced Pressure Detector Assembly

Reduced Pressure Zone Device. See wiki for other types of backflow prevention devices like

– Double Check Valve

– Pressure Vacuum Breaker

– Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker

– Air Gaps


Supplier Compliance Management

SCDATSingle Check Detector Assembly (Testable). Generally associated with Backflow devices (see wiki)
SDSSafety Datasheet
SMFSynthetic Mineral Fibres (see also MMMF and SVF)
SPFSpray Polyurethane Foam
SPWStored Pressure Water for a type of fire extinguisher
SVBSpill-proof Vacuum Breaker (see wiki)
SVFSynthetic Vitreous Fibres (see also MMMF and SMF)
SWMSSafe Work Method Statement
TLAThree Letter Acronym. We couldn’t resist adding this one ??
UMFUnknown mineral fibre. Sometimes used in asbestos or hazardous materials reports.
UPSUninterruptible Power Supply
VBAVictorian Building Authority. Victoria in Australia
WHSWorkplace Health and Safety. See also OHS

– Warden Intercom Point

– Work in progress

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