Everybody needs a benchmark. How can you know whether what you’re doing is good enough, if you have nothing to compare it to? Take this quick quiz to see how your HSE efforts measure up!
Answers at the end.
1. The most important reason for carrying out a risk assessment is to:
Reduce staff training needs
Check that employees understand health and safety
Ensure employees receive the right training
Prevent accidents occurring in future
2. Which of the following is a description of manual handling?
The automated transportation of objects
Using a team of people to push a load
The use of a conveyor belt system
Any action involving physical effort to move an object
3. Which of the following would prevent injuries from occurring at work?
Keeping the workplace tidy
Wearing light clothing
Lifting heavy objects with a bent back
Keeping lighting to a minimum
4. Which of the following is likely to result in an injury to the operator?
Selecting the right tool for the job
Wearing safety goggles or glasses
Using a tool with loose handles
Keeping cutting tools sharp
Working at height
5. Which of the following would be classified as a fragile surface when working at height?
6. It is important to wear PPE because:
It looks right
It protects tools
It protects you
It is what an employer tells you to do
7. Which of the following lists only contains PPE?
Dust mask, safety goggles and ear defenders
Ear defenders, reading glasses and trainers
Thermal gloves, machine guard and overalls
Machine guard, dust mask and safety goggles
8. You can find guidance on using and servicing PPE:
In the manufacturer’s instructions
In an accident book
Within health and safety leaflets
By asking an employee
9. How many main types of fire extinguisher are there?
10. Your first aid kits must be available to:
Health and safety personnel
Everyone over the age of 18
Qualified first aiders
11. Where should you find information regarding the disposal of old chemical products?
By contacting the manufacturer
On the product sheet or side of the container
On the internet
At the local library
12. Which of the following qualifies as taking appropriate action in relation to health and safety matters?
Possibility of unlimited fines for non-Compliance, which are uninsurable
Possibility of civil claims for damages, which although uninsurable, will absorb management’s time and drive up insurance costs
Reputational damage to the organisation and its senior management
Possibility of losing the competitive edge in certain types of tender for new businesses
All of the above
13. Employers are required to disclose information to safety representatives, which is necessary for them to carry out their functions. This does not include one of the following:
The introduction of any measure at the workplace that may substantially affect their health and safety, for example changes in work systems
Procedures for applying for time away from work
The information employers must give to employees about risks to health and safety, and the preventative measures
The planning and organising of health and safety training
14. Developing a safety culture begins with senior management’s commitment. Which of the following activities is not needed to embed the necessary changes?
Proper provision of the necessary information, tools and equipment workers need to operate safely
Provision of adequate and ongoing training
Maintaining the co-operation of the workforce
Provision of effective first aid training
15. The legal responsibilities of an employer regarding health and safety include:
Charging employees for replacing damaged or lost PPE
Providing safe systems of work for all employees
Taking out additional insurances for dangerous work
Ensuring only one member of staff works on a dangerous job
16. As an employer, what are the safe systems of work you provide designed to do?
Make the job progress more quickly
Help stop employees from having accidents
Help stop employees and anyone else on the site from having accidents
Prevent visitors to the site from having accidents