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.
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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?
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