Date: Thu, 1 Apr 2010 07:13:25 -0400
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From: Ben Ruekberg <bruekberg**At_Symbol_Here**CHM.URI.EDU>
Subject: Re: Abbreviations
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I must agree about ambiguity of abbreviations.  Consider the nuclear industry (Health Physics) acronym “ALARA,” which I have seen interpreted as “As Low As Reasonably Achievable” and “As Low As Readily Achievable.”  To me, there is a difference: “achievement” may be difficult but extremely worthwhile.  In this case, the difference could have serious consequences.


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I think it is risky. There are to many definitions of the same abbreviation or acronym out there. When I teach my class on regulations, I tell them that LEPC means Local Emergency Planning Committee, but when I was in industry, it meant that or Local Employee Participation Committee, depending on to whom I was talking.

Dr. Bill
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From: "Mary Ellen A Scott" <mas35**At_Symbol_Here**CASE.EDU>
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Abbreviations

To Everyone,


What is your opinion of allowing laboratories to use abbreviations and short hand as long as a key to those abbreviations is kept in a conspicuous location and is clearly identified?


Thoughts? and Thanks
Mary Ellen

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