If you're in the EH&S field, you're probably using hundreds (maybe even thousands) of acronyms on a day-to-day basis. With so much regulatory jargon, it's easy to forget or misuse a word here or there. So here it is. We're giving you a word a week based on your requests in hopes of generating some vocabulary-based discussion in the EH&S community.
Bulk, bulky, bulking, it means large. Would you say 800 pounds of something is bulk? (That’s about the weight of two gorillas). PHMSA wouldn’t. A bulk packaging is a packaging, other than a vessel or a barge, with a maximum capacity greater than 119 gallons as a receptacle for a liquid; a maximum net mass greater than 882 pounds and a maximum capacity greater than 119 gallons as a receptacle for a solid; or a water capacity greater than 1000 pounds as a receptacle for a gas. Using bulk correctly is important in terms of determining placarding requirements
What EH&S term do you see people misusing or misunderstanding? What do you want explained in 100 words or less? Share in the comments.