Glossary of Transport Terms

1.4S Division 1.4 explosive, compatibility group S
ADR European Road Regulations
AIR The Air mode of transport, aka airplane
ANPRM Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
BAM German acronym for the German federal technical laboratory which is their competent authority for explosives approvals
BATFE (ATF) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
CARACAL CARACAL is an expert group which advises the European Commission and ECHA on questions related to REACH and CLP. It was founded as “European Commission Working Group on the Practical Preparations for REACH” in May 2004. As of September 2007, it was re-named into “REACH Competent Authorities (REACH CA)” and, as of March 2009, into “Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP (CARACAL)”.
CEN Committee on European Normalization
CCSF Certified Cargo Screening Facility
CERL Canadian Explosives Research Laboratory, performs explosive classification testing
CFATS Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CLP Classification, Labeling & Packaging (EU implementation of GHS)
COHMED Coop. HazMat Enforcement Develop. (fed outreach to state & local)
DG Dangerous Goods (called hazardous materials by US DOT)
DGAC Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (formerly HMAC)
DHS Department of Homeland Security
DOT US Department of Transportation
EC European Commission
ERD Explosives Regulatory Division, Canadian regulatory authority
ESSB Explosives Safety & Security Branch, NRCAN; comprised of ERD and CERL, controls explosives in Canada
EU European Union
  – DG V     Public Health and Safety At Work Directorate
  – DG VII     Transport Directorate
  – DG XI     Environment, Nuclear Safety & Civil Protection Directorate
FMCSA Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
FOID State of Illinois Firearms Owner Identification Card (FOID), which may be required for drivers transporting ammo.
FR Federal Register
GROUND Road & Rail Modes
IAFC International Association of Fire Chiefs
GHS Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling
HM Hazardous Materials (called dangerous goods in Europe)
HMR Hazardous Materials Regulations – 49 CFR 100-185
IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency
ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization
  – DGP     Dangerous Goods Panel
  – TI     Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of DG by Air
ILO International Labour Organization
  – Comms WG     ILO Working Group on Chemical Hazard Communication
IMO International Maritime Organization (UN)
  – DSC     Sub-Committee on Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers
 – E&T     Editorial and Technical Group
IMDG International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (by the IMO)
IVODGA International Vessel Operators of Dangerous Goods Association
IWGDE Informal Working Group on Desensitized Explosives
LQ Unofficial acronym for Limited Quantity
LTD QTY Official abbreviation for Limited Quantity on shipping papers where applicable
NFPA National Fire Protection Association
NMFC National Motor Freight Classification
NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement
  – LTSS     Land Transportation Standards Subcommittee
MODE Mode of transport. There are 4 regulated modes – Road, Rail, Vessel & Air.
NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
NRCAN Natural Resources Canada
OECD Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development
ORM-D Other Regulated Material, group D
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
PHMSA Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
REACH Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals
RAIL The Rail mode of transport, aka railroad, train
RID European Rail Regulations
Road The Road mode of transport, aka truck, highway
SOLAS Safety of Life At Sea – international convention, among other things impacting firefighting capability requirements for ships carrying dangerous goods unless as Limited Quantities
SURFACE Road, Rail & Water Modes (aka Vessel, Ocean)
TDG Transport of Dangerous Goods
UFC Uniform Fire Code
UN United Nations
  – ECOSOC     UN Economic and Social Council (umbrella for UNSCETDG & GHS)
  – UNMR     UN Model Regulations (Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods)
  – UNSCEGHS     UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods
  – UNSCEGHS     UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the GHS
VESSEL The Vessel mode of transport, aka ship, water, ocean. Vessel is another name for ship.
WHO World Health Organization