Health and Safety Quiz 1 – General Overview and Legislation


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What do the letters CDM stand for?
Construction (Design and Management) Regulations
The CDM Regulations impose duties to manage construction projects, ensure physical safeguards are provided to prevent danger during such projects and that adequate welfare facilities are provided.
Control of Demolition and Management Regulations
Nope wrong!
Construction (Demolition Management) Regulations
Close but no cigar.
Identify one method of enforcing regulations that are available to the Health and Safety Executive
Improvement Notice
Improvement notices require action to achieve standards which meet health and safety law
Health Notice
Nope wrong!
Obstruction Notice
Close but no cigar.
What happens if a Prohibition Notice is issued by an Inspector of the local authority or the HSE?
The work that is subject to the notice must cease
The work activity covered by a prohibition notice must cease, until the identified danger is removed.
The work can continue if adequate safety precautions are put in place
Nope wrong!
The work in hand can be completed, but no new work started
Employers have to produce a written Health and Safety Policy statement when:
They employ five people or more
This is a specific requirement of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
A contract commences
Nope wrong!
The HSE notifies them
Close but no cigar.
What is a HAZARD?
Anything with the potential to cause harm
Examples of hazards include: a drum of acid, breeze blocks on an elevated plank; cables running across a floor. This is not to be confused with a HAZARDOUS EVENT which is what takes place when someone or something interacts with the hazard and harm results.
An accident waiting to happen
Nope wrong!
The likelihood of something going wrong
Close but no cigar.
Generally speaking, how many broad groups of hazards exist. For example: Physical, Chemical…..
Hazards generally fall into six broad groups: Mechanical, Physical, Chemical, Biological, Environmental and Organisational. All hazards that fall under these broad terms should be considered. Using these broad terms can assist you in ensuring all common hazards have been considered.
Nope wrong!
Close but no cigar.
From the hierarchy of risk control, which option must be considered first?
Eliminating the hazard
The most effective method of risk control is to completely eliminate the hazard. The hierarchy of risk control is as follows: Eliminate the hazard > Reduce the hazard > Prevent people coming into contact with the hazard > Implement safe systems of work > Personal protective equipment (last line of defence).
Reducing the hazard
Nope wrong!
Preventing people coming into contact with the hazard
Close but no cigar.
In the context of a risk assessment, what do you understand by the term risk?
The combination of the likelihood of a hazardous event occurring and the consequence of the event.
Hazard and risk are not the same. Risk = likelihood x consequence.
An unsafe act or condition
Nope wrong!
Any work activity that can be described as dangerous
Close but no cigar.
How far must you go to ensure you have done enough to reduce risk?
Reduce risks so far as reasonably practicable
This is the weighing up of the benefits of risk reduction against the time, cost and effort to implement that risk control. If there is a criminal case, the judge will decide whether the risk was reasonably forseeable, possibly using three tests of common knowledge, industry knowledge and expert knowledge to decide on the reasonable practibility of the risk controls used.
All risks must be mitigated
If only it were that easy!
All risks that are cheap enough to resolve
Close but no cigar.
Why should a serious accident be reported to the enforcing authority?
It is a legal requirement
Serious work-related accidents (specified injuries or those resulting in an absence of over 7 days) must be reported to the enforcing authority under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).
It helps the site find out what caused it
Nope wrong!
So that the company will be held responsible
Close but no cigar.
Why is it important to report ’ near miss ’ accidents to your employer?
So lessons can be learned, preventing an accident next time
The HSE advises that ‘near misses’ should be investigated to prevent their recurrence. Some employers provide an incentives for near miss reporting, if you can catch issues before they cause injury you will have a happier, healthier workforce.
It ’ s the law
Nope wrong!
So that someone can be disciplined
This is the opposite of what you want to do as it will stop people reporting.
What order should an investigation be carried out when someone is injured in an accident?
look after injured person > preserve the scene > report the incident > assemble investigation team > complete the investigation > deal with external relations
Correct! When someone is injured its important to get them treatment as soon as possible. All these steps are important to carrying out a full investigation and dealing with external bodies.
preserve the scene > report the incident > look after injured person > deal with external relations > assemble investigation team > complete the investigation
Nope wrong!
report the incident > deal with external relations > look after injured person > preserve the scene > assemble investigation team > complete the investigation
Incorrect, the injured person must be first priority!
What do the letters ACoP stand for?
Approved Code of Practice
Correct! An ACOP is a code of practice approved by the Health and Safety Executive. The HSE guidance publications can be found on
Accepted Code of Practice
Nearly! but not quite right.
Accepted Code of Provision
Incorrect 😦
The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations require the colour coding of safety signs. What colours are used on a sign indicating a mandatory activity, for example “ Safety helmets must be worn ” ?
Blue and white
Mandatory signs are round and feature a white pictogram on a blue background.
Yellow and black
Not quite.
Green and white
Incorrect 😦
The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations require the colour coding of signs. What colours are used on a sign indicating a warning, for example “Fork – lift trucks operating ” ?
Yellow and black
Warning signs are triangular and feature a black pictogram on a yellow background with black edging.
Red and white
Not quite.
Green and white
Incorrect 😦
A black – labelled fire extinguisher contains:
Carbon dioxide
Now mainly used for electrical equipment in offices. Leaves no mess. Some will now come with frost-free horns because the expansion of CO2 gas coming out of the nozzle causes rapid cooling. The colour coding of fire extinguishers are as follows: Red = Water, Cream = Foam, Black = Carbon dioxide, Blue = Dry powder, White = Water mist. 
Not quite. This can be a tricky question.
Dry powder
Incorrect 😦

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