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In April 2012, Respiratory Risks were added to the CSCS Health and Safety Test. The following questions offer multiple choice questions related to issues of the respiratory system. Be aware of the long-term health issues caused by dust and other problems.

The CSCS Mock Respiratory Risk exam to follow offers 20 multi-choice questions that will be similar to the real test. Be sure to read carefully and weigh all of the options. Though some answers may seem straight forward, the actual questions on the test may be a little trickier. Good luck at attempting this CSCS practice exam. The answer key can be found at the bottom of the page.



  1. While sanding, dusting, and drilling, how does one protect their lungs from respiratory damage?

    1. Wear goggles, a regular dust mask, and hearing protection.
    2. Use a dust extractor and wear goggles
    3. Use a dust extractor while wearing goggles, hearing protection, and an FFP3 rated mask.
    4. Wear goggles and an FFP3 rated mask


  1. Of the following, which job does NOT place silica dust into the air?
    1. Sweeping rubble
    2. Cutting blocks/stones
    3. Demolishing screeds/concrete floors
    4. Sawing wood


  1. If pigeons and a nest with droppings are discovered at your workplace, what efforts should be taken to promote a safe environment?
    1. Catch the birds
    2. Ignore the issue and continue with the job
    3. Force the birds to leave before continuing the work
    4. Stop working and consult a supervisor


  1. Which long-term health issue causes the highest percentage of death among construction workers?
    1. Vehicle accidents
    2. Hazardous substances being inhaled
    3. Tripping
    4. Falling


  1. Which of the following causes occupational asthma?
    1. Excessive exposure to harmful noise levels
    2. Excessive exposure to animal droppings i.e.: Rats
    3. Inhalation of substances such as fumes, dust, and vapour
    4. Skin contact with harmful materials


  1. While sweeping dust that was produced during your shift. Which of the following precautions should you take?
    1. Dampen the surrounding area
    2. Wear a mask to cover mouth/nose
    3. Create proper ventilation of the area
    4. All of the Above


  1. When are levels of dust inhalation most dangerous out of the following situations?
    1. Working on a windy day outside
    2. Working on a calm day outside
    3. Working in a small room
    4. Working in a large room


  1. What should you do when using water to control levels of dust created by cutting?
    1. Adjust flow of water to the correct level
    2. Pour water directly on workspace
    3. Before cutting, pour water directly onto workspace
    4. Use as much water as possible to keep dust levels to a minimum


  1. Why is it important to collect dust while cutting and grinding?
    1. Tool performance is enhanced
    2. Collection will avoid a mess
    3. Collection will save time
    4. Inhalation of dust can be a hazard to health.


  1. When provided with a damaged mask, how should you protect yourself from hazardous fumes?
    1. Work quickly to get the job done
    2. Wear another mask on top of the damaged mask
    3. Delay work until you have a proper mask
    4. Take breaks as you work.


  1. What health hazards can solvents found in paints and resins lead to?
    1. Effects on the body
    2. Issues such as dizziness, headaches, and nausea
    3. Long-term lung problems
    4. All of the above


  1. Out of the following, which TWO methods reduce airborne dust?
    1. Working slowly
    2. Using a dust collector
    3. Wearing a mask
    4. Being neat and organised
    5. Using water to cut down on dust


  1. Contact with which item below will NOT cause infections or disease in the lungs?
    1. Excessive Odours
    2. Asbestos
    3. Dust Silica
    4. Animal Droppings


  1. When working with tools that produce dust, which of the following do you do?
    1. Avoid the work
    2. Begin working immediately
    3. Wear proper equipment and use proper devices
    4. Work for short amounts of time


  1. If you are required to work with chemicals and do not receive the necessary protective equipment, how do you proceed?
    1. Do not proceed until you receive proper equipment
    2. Test and see if chemicals are dangerous by smelling
    3. Take breaks every few minutes
    4. Work quickly and immediately


  1. Of the following, which describes what a hazard is?
    1. Tools that are not in their place
    2. Cables on the floor
    3. Chemicals that have no label
    4. An item that is harmful


  1. What colour is a wet chemical fire extinguisher?
    1. White
    2. Orange
    3. Blue
    4. Yellow


  1. If there are unsafe work practices, who should report the incident?
    1. The line manager
    2. Anyone who notices
    3. A health and safety representative
    4. The supervisor


  1. If you notice that safety measures are outdated, which action should you take?
    1. Nothing
    2. Write a letter addressing the issue to the HSE
    3. Speak with your supervisor immediately
    4. Gossip with co-workers about the issue


  1. What purpose does a risk assessment have at your job?
    1. Identifies hazards on the job
    2. Identifies location of protective equipment
    3. Shows records of accidents
    4. Identifies supervisor of health and safety

Answer Key:

1. C
2. D
3. D
4. B
5. C
6. D
7. C
8. A
9. D


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  • ED
    March 1, 2016 / 7 years ago

    Past 100% , I’m not English lol

  • Mark
    May 16, 2016 / 7 years ago

    I got 19 out of 20 on this one, great mock test

    • admin
      May 16, 2016 / 7 years ago

      Well done!

  • muktadir
    November 19, 2016 / 6 years ago

    There are no answers at the bottom

    • admin
      November 21, 2016 / 6 years ago

      If you click one of the social buttons it will reveal the answers, Look were it says “Answer Key”

  • sean
    April 19, 2020 / 3 years ago

    i got 16 out of 20 there was a
    few i didn’t read properly

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