Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 22:29:01 -0400
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From: Cat Conley <conversecat**At_Symbol_Here**HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Abbreviations
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That's a good point - I think the same could be said f or common reagents as well (i.e., people might know "Lugol's" or "Nessler 's" but might not know all the constituents). We require our personnel to u se both the abbreviation or reagent name and also list out the full name(s) of the chemical constituents (for both storage labels and hazardous waste labels). It's a little more time consuming but it covers all the bas es. The abbrevation and reagent names are helpful for the lab person nel and when people are looking up MSDS. The list of constituents helps whe n we're checking for correct segregation in the storage areas and in the SA As. We make pre-printed storage labels and hazardous waste labels for some of the common reagents, solutions, and waste streams so it cuts down on writing time.
As far as just using abbreviations goes - I agree with some of the other po sters - there is a significant potential for confusion by accidentally "dou ble using" abbreviations. I had a student write "AA Waste" on a bottle - I thought "Acetic Acid" - he meant "Atomic Absorption."   
- Cat 

Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 16:32:30 -0700
From: Tesla**At_Symbol_Here**LMI.NET
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Abbreviations
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Many of you are totally against abbre viations.  .  . How do you handle compounds where the abbrevi ation is more known than the name, such as EDTA?  Most people know EDTA by the abbreviation and not the name, Ethylenediamine tetra acetic acid.

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In our lab we use abbreviations for common compounds with periodic table abbre viation such as NaCl, or KBr.  For chemicals whose names are too l ong or complex to be practical we use abbreviations and CAS#=92s.  M ost people in the lab know the abbreviation, but an outsider can at least recognize the and lookup the CAS#.  Since it=92s only a few digits , even the longest named compound has a fairly short name name in compari son.  The only issue we have is when we have a chemical which doesn =92t have a CAS# yet, but this is rare.

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-Mi ke


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To Everyone,


What is your opinion of allowing laboratories to us e abbreviations and short hand as long as a key to those abbreviations is kept in a conspicuous location and is clearly identi fied?


Thoughts? and Thanks
Mary Ellen

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