These questions on safety are examples of what is being used in the
workplace. The purpose of this section is to enable compilers of safety
quizzes, a base to start from or a bit of inspiration when the
Monday morning fog takes over.
The page has been designed so you can copy and paste the safety
questions easier and quicker and be relevant to you, not all these
questions will be suitable for all workplaces. This is not a safety quiz
but questions you can adapt to create a quiz or test. If you look at Q
32 in general, the dates and statistics could easily be brought up to
date. The first part is true or false questions and should be mixed with
other types of questions e.g. multiple choice, spot the hazard or short
descriptive answers. All of which will follow as these pages develop.
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on any of these questions, some of the questions may be old, some come from
unknown sources, if you use them its up to YOU to check they are
suitable and they comply with the law.
If you are self employed or employ less than 5 people you do not have to do a risk assessment.
The law says that
risk assessment should be carried out at least annually
As an employer you
need to assess the risk to your own employees but any sub contractors
are responsible for their own employees whilst on your site
Temporary workers have the same right to safety
information as other employees
Assessment of risk
can best be done by a qualified external expert
A risk and a hazard are the same thing
The best time to
assess risk from new machinery is when the equipment is in place and
you can see what is involved for those using it
Risk assessment will check that equipment is
properly used and maintained
of opportunity for the sexes there are special rules governing risk
assessment in the case of pregnant women
Noise does not
represent a risk below about 90dB
By law you must
first consider the possibility of eliminating a risk like noise e.g.
by changing your equipment rather than by supplying the best quality
You only need to
do a COSHH assessment if you have harmful chemicals but you must
record all chemicals found when you do the assessment
appliances must be tested at least every six months and labelled as
appliances must be tested at least every eighteen months and labelled
matter, risk affects everyone equally
Your boss is
required by law to train you if you are exposed or likely to be
exposed to a hazardous substance.
You have to keep
occupational health surveillance records for 40 years
You have to keep
occupational health surveillance records for 3 years.
If you have
supplied an employee with safety glasses and subsequently the employee
suffers an eye injury because they have not worn the glasses, your
company has no further liability.
You have a duty to co-operate with your employer on
health and safety matters including risk assessment
Your initial risk
assessment in your call centre shows that several employees are
suffering from headaches and eyestrain. You arrange for them all to
have their eyes tested. One employee returns with a note from the
optician saying that in the particular case prescription spectacles
are required. You as the employer have to supply them.
As the owner you
have employed a safety manager. An employee suffers death when a
serious workplace fire occurs. You had left things to the safety
manager who had always claimed that he was on top of safety matters.
In court you are fairly likely to be exonerated whilst the safety
officer is taken to task for failure to act professionally.
protective equipment and clothing must be maintained in a sanitary
condition and ready for use. Interchanging personal protective
clothing or equipment between employees is prohibited unless it has
been properly cleaned.
glasses must be worn at all times in areas where there is a risk of
eye injuries such as punctures, abrasions, contusions, or burns.
Protective goggles or face shields must be worn where there is a
danger of flying particles or corrosive materials.
Approved hard hats
must be worn where the danger of falling objects exists; they should
be inspected periodically for damage to the shell and suspension
protection is required where there is a risk of foot injuries from hot
or corrosive substances; falling objects; or crushing or penetrating
employees who have been trained in the proper use of forklifts are
authorized to operate them.
The use of metal
ladders is prohibited in areas where the ladder or person using the
ladder could come in contact with energized parts of equipment,
fixtures, or circuit conductors.
Health and safety
failures cost Great Britain up to £18[##] billion each year.
400 [##] people
every year are still killed in accidents caused by work activities.
[##] people are forced to give up work every year as a result of
work-related accidents and ill-health.
Around 2 million
people - 5 per cent of the population - suffer from ill-health caused
Over a million
workers get injured every year.
Around half a
million people suffer from stress caused by their work
The most common
forms of work-related ill-health are back problems and other aches and
pains with 1.2 million people affected every year, causing almost 10
million working days to be lost.
In 1998/99 [##/##]
there were almost 29,000 [######] major injuries to workers.
In 1998/99 [##/##]
there were 131,000 workers had to take more than three days off work
as a result of a work-related injury
More than 24,000
members of the public were injured as the result of a work activity.
Every year around
3000 people die as a result of past exposure to asbestos.
Falls from a
height are the most common cause of death to employees.
Workers in small
manufacturing firms are more than twice as likely to be killed at work
than workers in larger firms in the same sector.
people are twice as likely to be killed at work as employees.
safety representatives have half the rate of accidents of workplaces
that donít have safety representatives
The fatal injury
rate for employees in Great Britain is a quarter of what it was in
Great Britain has
a lower rate of deaths to workers than America or any other European
country: the rate is 1.7 per 100,000 workers in Great Britain; 3.2 in
America and an average of 3.9 across Europe.
The rate of deaths
per 100,000 workers is 3.7 per cent in Germany and 4.3 in France
The cost of
work-related accidents and ill-health to employers equals £140 - £300
for each worker employed
The cost of
work-related accidents and illness to employees is estimated at
between £3.5 billion and £7.3 billion a year.
Over £180 million
could be saved in work-related illness costs in the construction
Around one in five
workers have been physically attacked or threatened by a member of the
particularly in higher hazard sectors, offer discounts of up to 20 per
cent if employers can demonstrate good health and safety arrangements