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Abbreviations & Acronyms

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A

AFER: automatic flexible endoscope reprocessor

AS: Australian Standard

ASCC: Australian Safety and Compensation Council - formerly the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (NOHSC)

ATM: atmosphere - a measure of pressure, 1 atmosphere is the pressure exerted by the atmosphere on the earth's surface

C

CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDNA: Communicable Diseases Network Australia

CJD: Cruetzfeldt - Jakob disease

E

ERCP: Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography

ETO: ethylene oxide

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G

GENCA: Gastroenterological Nurses College of Australia Inc

H

HCW: health care worker

HIV: human immunodeficiency virus

HLD: high level disinfectant

K

KPA: kilopascal - a metric measure of pressure

M

MDRTB: multidrug-resistant tuberculosis

MEC: minimum effective concentration

MRSA: Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus

MSDS: material safety data sheet - a document providing information about a hazardous substance including health effects and instructions for safe use

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N

NHMRC: National Health and Medical Research Council

NICNAS: National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme

NOHSC: National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (now known as the Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC)

O

OPA: ortho - Phthalaldehyde

P

PPE: personal protective equipment

PSI: pounds per square inch - an imperial measure of pressure also written on older gauges as lb/in².

S

STEL: short-term exposure limit (see glossary)

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T

TGA: Therapeutic Goods Administration

TSE: transmissible spongiform encephalopathy

TWA: time weighted average (see glossary )

V

VRE: vancomycin resistant enterococci

W

WH&S: workplace health and safety

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Last Updated: 10 April 2008
Last Reviewed: 10 April 2009