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The list of acronyms

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AcronymFull description
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
AFFFAqueous 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
ASEAutomatic 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
BCDRPBusiness 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.
BOWS Building Occupant Warning System
BSRBoard of Standards Review (ANSI term)
BWOFBuilding Warrant of Fitness
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
CoC– Certificate of Currency
– Certificate of Conformance
– Certificate of Compliance
COESCertificate of Electrical Safety (mainly used in Victoria, Australia)
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/DCA Double Check Valve Assembly generally associated with Backflow devices (see wiki)
DCVA Double Check Valve Assembly generally associated with Backflow devices (see wiki)
DCV/AV Double Check Valve with intermediate vent generally associated with Backflow devices (see wiki)
DFSVDairy Food Safety Victoria (Australia)
DLP/ILPDirect Low Pressure or Indirect Low Pressure
DP ABE EXTGDry Powder (then class ABE) Extinguisher (See this article for a longer explanation)
DTSDeemed to Satisfy
ECOEmergency Control Organisation
EHH Extra High Hazard for sprinkler systems (see wiki)
ELCBEarth Leakage Circuit Breaker
ELHExtra Low Hazard for sprinkler systems (see wiki)
EMSEnvironmental Management System
EPAEnvironmental Protection Agency
ESMSREssential Safety Measure Service Report. For a non-exhaustive list of Essential Safety Measures see here
EWIS – Emergency Warning and Intercommunication System
– Emergency Warden Intercommunication System
EXTGExtinguisher
FIPFire Indicator Panel
FSANZFood Standards Australia New Zealand
GFCI/GFIGround Fault Circuit Interrupter or Ground Fault Interrupter
GPO – General Purpose Outlet, also known as a power socket
– General Post Office
HMMPHazardous Materials Management Plan


Hose VB Hose Vacuum Breaker (see wiki)
HRW High Risk Work
HVAC Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (see wiki)
IICRInstitute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification
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.
JSA Job Safety Analysis
KPIKey Performance Indicator
LBP Licenced Building Practitioner
LH Light 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.
LMS Learning Management System
MACMoves, Adds and Changes. Associated with managed services.
MAP Manual Call Point. A manual way to set off a fire alarm (see wiki)
MMMF Man-Made Mineral Fibres (see also SVF and SMF)
MSD Musculoskeletal disorder
MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet. Now known as SDS and occasionally written as (M)SDS
NABERS National Australian Built Environment Rating System
NADNo asbestos detected
NCC National Construction Code (Australia)
OHOrdinary 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.
OHS Occupational Health and Safety. Similar to Workplace Health and Safety (WHS)
PAT Portable appliance testing. Often used instead of Test & Tag
PCB – Printed Circuit Board
– Polychlorinated Biphenyl
PCBU Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking
PCT Patent 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)
RAG – 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?
RCDResidual Current Device
RCF Refractory Ceramic Fibres
RODI Read Only Data Interface
RPDA Reduced Pressure Detector Assembly
RPZ/RPZDReduced Pressure Zone Device. See wiki for other types of backflow prevention devices like
– Double Check Valve
– Pressure Vacuum Breaker
– Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker
– Air Gaps
SCDATSingle Check Detector Assembly (Testable). Generally associated with Backflow devices (see wiki)
SDS Safety Datasheet
SMF Synthetic Mineral Fibres (see also MMMF and SVF)
SPF Spray Polyurethane Foam
SPW Stored Pressure Water for a type of fire extinguisher
SVBSpill-proof Vacuum Breaker (see wiki)
SVF Synthetic Vitreous Fibres (see also MMMF and SMF)
SWMS Safe Work Method Statement
TLA Three Letter Acronym. We couldn’t resist adding this one 🙂
UMFUnknown mineral fibre. Sometimes used in asbestos or hazardous materials reports.
UPS Uninterruptible Power Supply
VBAVictorian Building Authority. Victoria in Australia
WHS Workplace Health and Safety. See also OHS
WIP – Warden Intercom Point
– Work in progress

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