SMSTS Mock Test

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A Never
B ONLY when health surveillance is in operation
C ONLY when it is running for periods of no longer than 20 minutes
D ONLY with the use of a dedicated exhaust extraction system
Correct Answer: D ONLY with the use of a dedicated exhaust extraction system
Explanation: The use of internal combustion engines in confined spaces should be avoided as they create toxic carbon monoxide gas. Only proceed with a dedicated exhaust system in place.
2. What is an EWC code? Give ONE answer
A A code used to identify the type of any given waste for disposal
B A geographic identifier used to specify waste plants
C Guidelines suggesting best practice for waste disposal
D The regulations that stipulate restrictions on waste disposal
Correct Answer: A A code used to identify the type of any given waste for disposal
Explanation: An EWC code is a six-digit code used to identify waste by type.
A The carrier can refuse to remove it
B You may be prosecuted
C You may save time
D Your waste license may be revoked
Correct Answer: A The carrier can refuse to remove it
Explanation: Carriers are entitled to refuse pick-up of overloaded skips.
A The availability of a trained medical professional
B The level of first-aid training all workers on site will receive
C The number of people on site
D The risks and hazards associated with the work being done
E The site management budget
Correct Answer: C The number of people on site, D The risks and hazards associated with the work being done
Explanation: First aid facilities must be appropriate to the work being done on site, and sufficient to cover the number of people who will be on site.
A Material from the building may fall into the excavation
B Natural light will be blocked by the building
C People using the building will have access disrupted
D The building's foundations may be weakened
Correct Answer: D The building's foundations may be weakened
Explanation: The foundations of a building may be weakened by excavations taking place nearby.
A COSHH assessment
B Construction phase plan
C Health and Safety policy
D Heritage assessment
Correct Answer: B Construction phase plan
Explanation: A construction phase plan must be produced before the commencement of construction work.
A If there is a fault, the device will cut off the power
B The device will conserve excess electricity
C The device will earth any residual electricity
D The device will provide a clear reading of the voltage being used
Correct Answer: A If there is a fault, the device will cut off the power
Explanation: Residual current devices cut the electrical power to equipment if there is a fault.
A Parallel to the excavation, and the blocks must be the correct size for the wheels
B Parallel to the trench, and the blocks must be no taller than 15 cms
C Perpendicular to the excavation, and the blocks must be the correct size for the wheels
D Stop blocks are only necessary when conditions are wet or the ground is uneven
Correct Answer: A Parallel to the excavation, and the blocks must be the correct size for the wheels
Explanation: Stop blocks should be the correct size for the dumper's wheels, and must be placed parallel to the excavation.
A Laying wet cement
B Welding
C Working at height
D Working outside in bright sunlight
Correct Answer: B Welding
Explanation: Arc-eye is damage caused to the cornea as a result of exposure to intense light. It can happen if the correct precautions are not put in place when welding is taking place.
A Begin using the tool
B Press the fault button on the RCD
C Push the RCD's test button
D Turn the power off and on again
Correct Answer: C Push the RCD's test button
Explanation: The 'test' button on an RCD can be pressed to check that it is working properly.
A 1 gallon
B 11 gallons
C 15 gallons
D 5 gallons
Correct Answer: B 11 gallons
Explanation: A spillage bund must be 110% of the capacity of the container it is being used for.
A Always
B If there are five or more employees
C If they must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive
D Only if they present a potentially fatal risk
Correct Answer: B If there are five or more employees
Explanation: You must record all significant findings from a risk assessment if there are more than four employees.
A A worker may request to be issued with hearing protection
B Work may be forced to stop
C Workers are obliged to wear hearing protection
Correct Answer: A A worker may request to be issued with hearing protection
Explanation: The lower exposure action value is the level at which workers may request hearing protection.
A 60 decibels (dBA)
B 80 decibels (dBA)
C 85 decibels (dBA)
D 90 decibels (dBA)
Correct Answer: B 80 decibels (dBA)
Explanation: Hearing protection must be offered to anyone who requests it when the lower action value, 80 decibels (dBA), is reached.
A The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
B The on-site first aider
C Their colleagues
D Your lawyer
Correct Answer: A The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Explanation: You must inform the HSE immediately if anyone on your team develops HAVS.
A Because hazards can cause damage to equipment or materials
B Because hazards can cause injuries
C Because hazards may slow the pace of work
D Because the nature and number of hazards will affect the kind of insurance that must be taken out
Correct Answer: B Because hazards can cause injuries
Explanation: You must identify all hazards, as they are potential causes of injury.
A So that all workers on site are aware of the safety requirements of a job
B So that management is aware of any dangerous work taking place on site
C So work can be carried out in a safe and controlled manner
D So work does not contravene local laws
Correct Answer: C So work can be carried out in a safe and controlled manner
Explanation: Permit to work systems allow for a safe system of work to be carried out in a controlled manner.
A A broken ladder rung
B A broken leg
C An excavation without suitable supports
D High chance of chemical burns
Correct Answer: D High chance of chemical burns
Explanation: A risk describes the chance of an injury occurring, and the seriousness of that potential injury.
A How can you control exposure to the substance, and minimise risk?
B How can you ensure the job is carried out as efficiently as possible?
C How can you minimise the environmental impact of the substance?
D How can you reduce waste?
Correct Answer: A How can you control exposure to the substance, and minimise risk?
Explanation: Before using hazardous substances, you must always think about how you can control exposure and minimise the risks involved.
A Permit to work system
B Tally system
C Traffic light system
D You must supervise access yourself at all times
Correct Answer: A Permit to work system
Explanation: A permit to work system must be used to control access to a riser shaft.
A At the beginning of every shift
B Every month once it is put up
C Once it is put up
D Once it is put up, and then at least once every seven days
Correct Answer: D Once it is put up, and then at least once every seven days
Explanation: Working platforms must be inspected once they are constructed, and then at least every seven days.
A It can be used to determine if a scaffold is being loaded past its weight capacity
B It can be used to determine if conditions are dangerously windy
C It can be used to identify altitudes at which the air is too thin to safely work
D It can be used to identify levels of humidity that may cause tools to short circuit
Correct Answer: B It can be used to determine if conditions are dangerously windy
Explanation: The Beaufort Scale is used to measure wind speed.
A Do not grasp the tool tightly
B Exercise their hands during breaks
C Grasp the tool tightly
D Rest hands during breaks
E Wear anti-vibration gloves
F Wear gloves
Correct Answer: A Do not grasp the tool tightly, B Exercise their hands during breaks, F Wear gloves
Explanation: You should recommend that your team do not grasp tools tightly, and keep their hands mobile and warm. Anti-vibration gloves are not recommended.
A Carry out a cost assessment
B Inform the local authorities
C Record demolition arrangements in writing
D Take medical and insurance details from your team
Correct Answer: C Record demolition arrangements in writing
Explanation: Before beginning demolition, you must legally ensure that you prepare a written record of demolition arrangements.
A A sample of the biocide
B Details regarding how, where, and by whom the biocide will be used
C RSC accreditation
D The biocide's batch number
E The biocide's safety data sheet
Correct Answer: B Details regarding how, where, and by whom the biocide will be used, E The biocide's safety data sheet
Explanation: You will need a safety data sheet, and details about how, when, and by whom the biocide will be used.