ILO is a specialized agency of the United Nations


ACGIH American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists

ADR European Agreement concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods by road

A.IC50 Algae. Inhibitory concentration for 50% of population

ANSI American National Standards Institute

ASTM American Society for the Testing of Materials

AVP Absolute vapour pressure

AVP(L) Absolute vapour pressure, in liquid state

APV Absolute pressure in vessel

CAS Chemical Abstract Service (identity registry numbers for chemicals)

CC Closed cup test (flammability)

CCOHS Canadian centre for Occupational Health and Safety

CEC Commission of the European Communities

CEFIC Conseil Européen des Fédérations de l'Industrie Chimique (European Chemical Industry Council)

CEPA Canadian Environment Protection Act

CFR Code of Federal Regulations (USA)

CIS International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre/Centre international d'informations sur la sécurité et la santé au travail

CMA Chemical Manufacturers Association (USA)

CMEA Council of Mutual Economic Association

CSDS Chemical Safety Data Sheet

CSIN Chemical Substances Information Network (US EPA)

CT Critical temperature

D.EC50 Daphnia. Effective dose 50%

D.LD50 Dermal Lethal Dose for 50% of population

DI.LC50 Lethal concentration for 50% of population (Inhalation dust, mist, fumes)

DIN Deutsche Institut für Normung (Germany)

EC European Communities

ECE UN Economic Commission for Europe (Geneva)

ECETOC European Chemical Industry, Ecology and Toxicology Centre

ECOSOC UN Economic and Social Council

EEC European Economic Community (see EU)

EFTA European Free Trade Association

EINECS European Inventory of Existing Commercial Substances

EPA US Environmental Protection Agency

EU European Union (1994, new name of the European Economic Community)

FAO Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

F.LC50 Fish Lethal Concentration for 50% of population

GESAMP Group of Experts for the Scientific Assessment of Marine Pollution

GI.LC50 Lethal concentration for 50% of population (Inhalation gases)

HCS OSHA Hazard Communication Standard

I.LC50 Lethal Concentration (Inhalation)

IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency (Vienna)

IARC International Agency for Research on Cancer (Lyon, France)

IATA International Air Transport Association

ICAO International Civil Aviation Organisation (Montreal)

ICCA International Council of Chemical Associations

ICEF International Chemical and Energy Workers Federation

ICFTU International Council of Free Trade Unions

ICSC International Chemical Safety Card (IPCS)

ILO International Labour Organisation

IMDG Intermodal transport of dangerous goods

IMO International Maritime Organization

IPCS International Programme on Chemical Safety

IRPTC International Registry of Potentially Toxic Chemicals

ISO International Organization for Standardization

IUPAC International Union of Pure and Applied Chemicals

LC50 Lethal Concentration for 50% of population

LD50 Lethal Dose for 50% of population

MARPOL International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (73/78)

MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet

NBS US National Bureau of Standards

NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), USA

NTP US National Toxicology Program

NTP Normal temperature and pressure

O.LD Oral Lethal Dose

OECD Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development; has published `Guidelines for Testing of Chemicals' which contain recommended testing methods for determing chemical and physical properties and toxic and environmental effects of chemicals.

OEL Occupational Exposure Limit

OSHA US Occupational Safety and Health Administration

RTECS Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances. An important database publihed in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Cincinnati, USA

SOLAS 74 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea

STEL Short Term Exposure Limit

TDG Transport of Dangerous Goods

TLV Threshold limit value (ACGIH)

TSCA Toxic Substances Control Act (USA)

TWA Time weighted average (ACGIH)

UN/CETDG UN Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods

UN No An identification number for chemicals listed in UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods

UNRTDG UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods

UNEP United Nations Environment Programme

UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

VI.LC50 Lethal concentration for 50% of population (Inhalation vapours)

VP Vapour pressure

WHMIS Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (Canada)

WHO World Health Organisation

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