Health and safety glossary

Get to know some of the most common terms of the industry with our ABCs of health and safety. Click a letter in the bar below to jump to that section.

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CE marking

The CE marking, also known as the Conformitè Europëenne Mark (which translates to European Conformity) is a mandatory conformity marking required in the European Union for regulating the sale of goods throughout the European Economic Area.

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The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 were introduced by the Health and Safety Executive and focus on the management of health, safety and the general welfare of individuals who work on construction projects.

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Confined Space

A confined space is any space that offers limited entry and exit points, and is generally not designed to accommodate humans.

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Construction Phase Plan (CPP)

All construction projects require a Construction Phase Plan (CPP) before work begins. It's an important document for managing the project safely.

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The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is a British company that offers training and qualification verification schemes that are commonly used throughout the construction industry in Britain.

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Chemical Identity

Chemical identity is the concept that each chemical or substance has a distinct property that separates it from other chemicals.

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Corrosive

“Corrosive” refers to materials which can destroy other materials they come into contact with. Most corrosives are bases, oxidizers, or acids.

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Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)

Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are generally a mixture of chemicals that are commonly used as a refrigerant.

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Safety Analysis Risk Assessment (SARA)

Safety Analysis Risk Assessment (SARA) is a powerful tool for reducing risk in the workplace. Safety is widely regarded as a joint responsibility of the employees and the management.

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Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS)

A safety instrumented system (SIS) is a system that contains control elements, sensors, and logic solvers to monitor parameters and values of processes within a plant and ensure that they remain within defined limits.

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Safety Management System

A safety management system (SMS) is the framework or management approach taken by an organization to mitigate and control safety risk in the workplace.

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Safety Mitigation

Mitigating safety risks in the workplace is the employer’s responsibility. Whether you own a business or are the manager of a plant in a company, it’s important to take proper actions to mitigate safety risks.

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Safety Compliance

Safety compliance is defined as an ongoing process of complying with the health and safety standards established by regulatory legislators and bodies.

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Severity

Severity is the degree of hardness of a specific thing. Severity indicates just how serious or harsh the effects of an incident can be.

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Scissor Lift

A scissor lift is a commonly used piece of equipment often found on construction sites: An aerial platform with a lifting mechanism attached to it.

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Solvent

A solvent is any substance, usually liquid, which is capable of dissolving one or several substances, thus creating a solution.

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Safety Audit

A safety audit is a process through which businesses collect information about the company’s overall safety culture and protocols.

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