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MEWP Abbreviations, Acronyms & Initialisms (AAI)

AAI Definition
MEWP Mobile Elevating Work Platform (Acronym)
MEWPs Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (Acronym)

What is the Difference?

Does it matter what the difference is between MEWP Abbreviations, Acronyms and Initialisms? Well that all depends on you. But hey, you’ve come to the MEWPSAFETY UK website and we don’t like to do things by halves. Whether your just researching general information or need to be more specific about a particular word or phrase for a safety document etc. then we hope this helps.

What is an Abbreviation?

An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word or phrase. It consists of a group of letters usually taken from the beginning of that word or phrase. However an abbreviation might also leave out a combination of letters throughout the word, usually the joining letters such as vowels. If using an abbreviation always be certain to reference it in full at the beginning of a document or in a glossary.

Example: (The word abbreviation can itself be abbreviated to read either: abbr., abbrv. or abbrev.)

What is an Acronym?

An acronym describes a word composed entirely of the first letters of other words, so that the collective forms and is then in itself pronounced as a word. Acronyms can be composed of all capital letters or one capital and smaller letters. Acronyms are often used and taught during various training programmes as an aide-mémoire to help a trainee remember specific headings and topics.

Example: (WAITWork at height, Access equipment, Information, Toolkit) What is HSE WAIT? »

What is an Initialism?

Just like an acronym, initialisms describe a word that is composed entirely of the first letters of other words. However, an initialism cannot usually be pronounced as a recognisable word but is instead sounded out using each individual letter. Many leading organisations have used initialisms to form names which have become very well known in their own right, such as the BBC and HSE.

Examples: (PPEPersonal Protective Equipment, or PFPEPersonal Fall Protection Equipment)

Related MEWP Abbreviations, Acronyms and Initialisms

AAI Definition
ACOP Approved Code Of Practice
AIF Access Industry Forum
ANSI American National Standards Institute [USA]
AU Australia
AWP Aerial Work Platform [USA]
AWPT Aerial Work Platform Training [USA]
BSI British Standards Institution
BSIF British Safety Industry Federation
CAP Competent Assessed Person
CE Conformité Européenne [FR]
CE European Conformity [Translated]
CHAS Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme
CITB Construction Industry Training Board
COSS Controller Of Site Safety [Network Rail]
CPA Construction Plant-hire Association
CSCS Construction Skills Certificate Scheme
CPCS Construction Plant Competence Scheme
DfT Department for Transport
DGSA Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor
EWP Elevating Work Platform [AU]
EWPA Elevating Work Platform Association [AU]
FOD Field Operations Directive [HSE]
FR France 
GB Great Britain
GVM Gross Vehicle Mass
GVW Gross Vehicle Weight
GVWR Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
HAE Hire Association Europe
HASAWA Health And Safety at Work Act 1974
HR Height Rider [Niftylift]
HSE Health & Safety Executive
HSL Health & Safety Laboratory
HSWA Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
IAD Insulated Aerial Device
IAPA International Awards for Powered Access
IOOC Inadvertent Operation Of Controls
IOSH Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
IPAF International Powered Access Federation
ISO International Standardisation Organisation
MB Mobile Boom 
MCWP Mast Climbing Work Platform
MCWPs Mast Climbing Work Platforms 
MEWP Mobile Elevating Work Platform 
MEWPs Mobile Elevating Work Platforms
MHA Mechanical Handling Attachment 
MHE Mechanical Handling Equipment 
MSD Minimum Safe Distance 
MV Mobile Vertical 
NEBOSH National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health
OM Operating Manual
PAIG Powered Access Interest Group 
PAL Powered Access Licence
PAL+ Powered Access Licence Plus 
PAV Push Around Vertcal
PDI Pre Delivery Inspection
PFP Personal Fall Protection
PFPE Personal Fall Protection Equipment 
PFPS Personal Fall Protection System
PPE Personal Protective Equipment
PTO Power Take Off
PTS Personal Track Safety [Network Rail]
PUWER Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
RA Risk Assessment
RAMS Risk Assessment Method Statement
RIDDOR Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations
RTITB Road Transport Industry Training Board
SB Static Boom 
SFCPSG Strategic Forum for Construction Plant Safety Group
SIOPS Sustained Involuntary OPeration System [Niftylift] 
SMSTS Site Managers Safety Training Scheme
SSW Safe System of Work
SSOW Safe System of Work 
SV Static Vertical
SWL Safe Working Load 
TGN Technical Guidance Note
UK United Kingdom 
UKCG United Kingdom Construction Group
USA United States of America 
VMP Vehicle Mounted Platform
WAHR Work At Height Regulations
WAHSA Work At Height Safety Association
WAIT Work at height, Access Equipment, Information, Toolkit [HSE]

Related Reading:

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■   MEWP Pronunciation »
■   MEWP Synonyms »
■   MEWP vs MEWPs »

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■   MEWPs Managing the risk »

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