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Annex B


The following lists abbreviations, including those:

  • used within the Catalogue;
  • frequently used in regulations and guidance;
  • organisations involved with the petroleum and natural gas industry.
ABS American Bureau of Shipping
ACoP Approved Code of Practice
AFP Active Fire Protection
AISC American Institute of Steel Construction
ALARP As Low As Reasonably Practicable
ANSI American National Standards Institute
API American Petroleum Institute
APOSC Assessment Principles for Offshore Safety Cases (HSE document)
ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers
BS British Standard
BSI British Standards Institution
CAA Civil Aviation Authority
CBA Cost-Benefit Analysis
CEN European Committee for Standardisation
CENELEC European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation
COGENT The Sector Skills Council, representing Oil and Gas Extraction, Petroleum Refining and Marketing, Chemicals Manufacturing and Processing Industries (formerly OPITO)
COMAH Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations
COSHH Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations
DEn Department of Energy
DNV Det Norsk Veritas
EAWR Electricity at Work Regulations
EEMUA Engineering Equipment and Materials Users Association
EER Evacuation, Escape and Rescue
EFC European Federation of Corrosion
EI Energy Institute (formally The Institute of Petroleum)
EN European Standard
EPA Emergency Preparedness Analysis
ESD Emergency Shutdown
FMEA Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
FMECA Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis
FOOCG Fisheries and Offshore Oil Consultative Group
FPSO Floating Production, Storage and Offshore Loading Facility
GASCET Guidance for the Topic Assessment of the Major Accident Hazard Aspects of Safety Cases (HSE document)
GFEHM Guidelines for Fire and Explosion Hazard Management (UKOOA document)
HAZOP Hazard and Operability Study
HID Hazardous Installations Directorate (Directorate of HSE)
HLG Helicopter Liaison Group (Topical Group of OIAC)
HSC Health and Safety Commission
HSE Health and Safety Executive
HSE case Health, Safety and Environment case (commonly referred to as safety case)
HVAC Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning
IACS International Association of Classification Societies
IADC International Association of Drilling Contractors
ICPC International Cable Protection Committee
IEC International Electrotechnical Commission
IGN Interim Guidance Notes
IMCA International Marine Contractors Association
IMO International Maritime Organisation
IP Institute of Petroleum (now Energy Institute)
IRPA Individual Risk per Annum
ISO International Standards Organisation
LRFD Load and Resistance Factor Design
LRS Lloyd's Register of Shipping
MAHs Major Accident Hazards
MARPOL The Marine Pollution Convention (IMO document)
MODU Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit
MTD Marine Technology Directorate (publications now available from EI)
NACE National Association of Corrosion Engineers
NFPA National Fire Protection Association
NPD Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
OGP International Association of Oil and Gas Producers
OIAC Offshore Industry Advisory Committee (Committee of the HSC)
OLF Norwegian Oil Industry Association
OPITO Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation (now COGENT)
OSD Offshore Safety Division (Division of the HSE) (now referred to as Offshore Division)
OTO Offshore Technology Report (HSE documents)
PARLOC Pipeline and Riser Loss of Containment (Report by HSE, IP and UKOOA)
PFEER Offshore Installations (Prevention of Fire and Explosion, and Emergency Response) Regulations
PFP Passive Fire Protection
POB Persons on Board
PTW Permit-to-Work
QRA Quantified Risk Assessment
R2P2 Reducing Risks, Protecting People (HSE document)
RIDDOR Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations
RP Recommended Practice
SCE Safety Critical Element
SCHAM Safety Case Handling and Assessment Manual (HSE document)
SCR Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Regulations
SFAIRP So Far As Is Reasonably Practicable
SIL Safety Integrity Level
SMS Safety Management System
SNAME The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
SOLAS Safety of Life at Sea (IMO document)
SPC Semi Permanent Circular (HSE OSD document)
SRAM COMAH Safety Report Assessment Manual (HSE document)
TEMA Tubular Exchanger Manufacturers Association
TEMPSC Totally Enclosed Motor Propelled Survival Craft
TLP Tension Leg Platform
TN Technical Note
TR Temporary Refuge
UKCS United Kingdom Continental Shelf
UKOOA United Kingdom Offshore Operators Association
VPF Value of Preventing a Fatality