Glossary & Acronyms

Glossary: IME publishes a Glossary of Commercial Explosives Industry Terms as Safety Library Publication (SLP) Number 12 which is available here for purchase or free download.  

Acronyms:  The following is a List of Acronyms commonly used in the commercial explosives industry.  

Acronym Name

Association of American Railroads

ACC American Chemistry Council
ACGIH American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygenists
AFEMS Association of European Manufacturers of Sporting Ammunition
ANPRM Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
ANSI American National Standard Institute
ANSP Ammonium Nitrate Security Program
APA American Petroleum Institute
API American Pyrotechnics Institute
ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers
ASEPO Alliance of Special Effects & Pyrotechnic Operators
ATA American Trucking Association
ATF Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
BNA Bureau of National Affairs
BXA Bureau of Export Administration
BOE Bureau of Explosives, Association of American Railroads
BOM Bureau of Mines
CAA Clean Air Act
CCL Commodity Control List, Bureau of Export Control
CCS Carbon Capture & Sequestration
CEAEC Canadian Explosives Industry Association
CEN Comite Europeen de Normalisation (Committee on European Normalization)
CERCLA Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act of 1980 aka Superfund
CERL Canadian Explosives Research Laboratory
CES Certified Explosives Specialist
CFATS Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CIA Chemical Industries Association, Ltd (UK)
CPSC Consumer Protection Safety Commission
CSAT Chemical Security Assessment Tool
CSB US Chemical Safety & Hazards Investigation Board
CSCC Chemical Sector Coordinating Council
CTTSO Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office
CVI/SSI Chemical-terrorism Vulnerability Information/Sensitive Security Information
CWA Clean Water Act
DDESB Department of Defense Explosive Safety Board
DDNP Diazodinitrophenal
DEGDN Diethylene Glycol Dinitrate
DGAC Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (formerly HMAC)
DHS Department of Homeland Security
DMNB 2,3-Dimethyl-2,3-dinitobutance (C6H12(NO2)2
DOC Department of Commerce
DOD Department of Defense
DOE Department of Energy
DOI Department of Interior
DOJ Department of Justice
DOL Department of Labor
DOT Department of Transportation
EC European Commission
ECHA Eueopean Chemicals Agency
EGDN Ethylene glycol dinitrate
EOD/LIC Explosive Ordnance Disposal/Low Intensity Conflict
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EPCRA Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act aka SARA Title III
ERD Explosives Regulatory Division (Canada)
ERG Emergency Reponse Guidebook (US DOT)
EU European Union
FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation
FCC Federal Communications Commission
FEEM Federation of European Explosives Manufacturers
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Administration
FHWA Federal Highway Administration
FMCSA Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
GHS Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals
GUI Graphic User Interface
HMSP Hazardous Materials Safety Permit
HMTA Hazardous Materials Transportation Act of 1974
HMTUSA Hazardous Materials Transportation Uniform Safety Act of 1990
HMX Cyclotetramethylene tetranitramine
HSSM Hazardous Security Sensitive Material
I2P2 Injury & Illness Prevention Program
IABTI International Association of Bomb Technicians & Investigators
IAGC International Association of Geophysical Contractors
IATA International Air Transport Association
IBC International Bulk Container (US DOT Regs) or International Building Code
IBR Incorporate by Reference
ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization
ICC International Code Council
ICE Interagency Committee on Explosives
IED Improvised Explosive Device
IEEE Institute of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
IFC International Fire Code
IFCA International Fire Chiefs Association
IG Inspector General
ILO International Labor Organization
IMA-NA International Minerals Association of North America
IMDG International Maritime Dangerous Goods (Code)
IML International Munitions List, Bureau of Export Control
IMO International Maritime Organization
IP Interested Parties for Hazardous Materials Transportation
IPR Internal Program Review
ISEE International Society of Explosives Engineers
ITRC Interstate Technology & Regulatory Cooperation Workgroup
JIDO (formerly JIEDDO) Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization
MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet
MSHA Mine Safety & Health Administration
MTN Metriol trinitrate
NAG National Assessment Group
NAM National Association of Manufacturers
NASA National Aeronautics & Space Administration
NFPA National Fire Protection Association
NG Nitroglycerin
NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health
NIST National Institute for Standards & Technology
NMA National Mining Association
NOAA National Oceanic & Aeronautic Association
NOx Nitrogen Oxides
NRCan Natural Resources Canada
NRDC National Resources Defense Council
NSC National Safety Council
NSSGA National Sand, Stone & Gravel Association
NTIS National Technical Information Service
NTSB National Transportation Safety Board
OECD/IGUS Organization of Economic Cooperation & Development/International Group on Unstable Substances
OIRA Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs (OMB)
OMB Office of Management & Budget
OSHA Occupational Safety & Health Administration
OSM Office of Surface Mining & Reclamation
PCIS Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security
PEL Permissible Exposure Limit
PETN Pentaerythritol tetranitrate
PHMSA Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
PYX 2,6-bix(picrylamino)-3,5-dinitrophyridine
QRA Quantitative Risk Assessment
RCC US/Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council
RCRA Resources Conservation & Recovery Act, US EPA
RDX Cyclonite or Cyclotrineyhlenetrinitramine
REACH Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (EU Regulation)
SAAMI Small Arms & Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute
SBA Small Business Administration
SDS Safety Data Sheet
SDWA Safe Drinking Water Act
SEA Safe Explosives Act
SETA Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance
TDG Transport of Dangerous Goods Canada
TFI The Fertilizer Institute
TNT Trinitrotoluene
TRI Toxics Release Inventory
TSA Transportation Security Administration
TSCA Toxic Substances Control Act
TSI Transportation Safety Institute
TWIC Transportation Worker Identification Credential
UFC Uniform Fire Code
UMW United Mine Workers
UN United Nations
USCG US Coast Guard
USDA US Department of Agriculture
USGS US Geological Survey
USTR US Trade Representative
USWA United Steel Workers of America
WHO World Health Organization