Here are some typical OHS management exam questions, at NQF Levels 4, 5 and 6, based on the proposed vocational Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner curriculum standard.
This post includes some exam questions, that may also be set as practical exercises, relevant to some aspects of OHS internal auditing; safe working practices; risk assessment principles; and quality management.
OHS auditing questions
Q; Explain what is meant by ethics, and why ethical behaviour is important in business?
Q; Describe the consequences of unethical behaviour for occupational health and safety?
Q; Describe how an occupational health and safety monitoring system relies on ethical behaviour to ensure its effectiveness?
Q; Give two scenarios of conduct in a workplace during internal auditing; and indicate ethical and unethical behaviour in the examples; and explain the potential impact of such behaviour on the organisation?
Safe working practices questions
Q; Identify and explain the main safety practices required for a general workplace?
Q; Identify and explain health and safety practices relevant to the machinery, tools and equipment used in a general workplace?
Q; Identify and explain specific safety practices required for the range of work activities relevant to a specific work area of your choice?
Q; Identify and explain emergency preparedness and response relevant to a work area of your choice?
Q; Use various scenarios of safe and unsafe acts and work conditions with different practices being applied, and;
- Identify correct safe work practices;
- Identify equipment that is unsafe or defective;
- Identify relevant emergency preparedness responses?
Risk assessment principles
Define what is meant by cause and effect, and give examples of how this applies to hazard identification, to risk assessment and to accident/incident investigation. (NQF Level 4)
- Explain how a cause and effect analysis works and how it applies to risk assessment, hazard identification and incident/accident investigation. (NQF Level 4)
- Explain what is meant by preventative, corrective and contingency actions;
And give examples of how this is applied in hazard identification, risk assessment and accident/incident investigations;
And include pre-contact, contact and post contact controls. (NQF Level 4)
Give descriptions of various accidents and incidents in different industries and work environments and;
- Indicate how these situations explain the concept of cause and effect
- Describe how a cause and effect analysis should be done in each of the given situations;
- Through examples explain each step in a typical cause and effect process.
Quality management questions
Explain the document and record classification process for Occupational Health and Safety; a. Statutory documentation and records (Long retention period);
- Confidential documents and records;
- Resources and reference material;
- Other media (manuals, DVDs drawings etc.) (NQF Level 4)
- Describe the principles for record keeping and archiving documents. (NQF Level 4)
- Describe the principles for backup and retention of critical documents and records.
- Retention periods;
- Review and updates;
- Disposals (NQF Level 4).
- Explain the principles of document and record security:
- Statutory requirements;
- Classified documents;
- Unclassified documents.
- Access control;
- Physical security. (NQF Level 4)
- Describe the criteria for the quality of Occupational Health and Safety documentation. (NQF Level 4)
- Give a range of Occupational health and Safety media, reports and documents, and;
- Classify the documents regarding the need for security and retention;
- Identify deficiencies in the document control systems used;
- Indicate appropriate actions to improve the controls of the documents and media;
- Indicate how to continually optimise the effectiveness of document control.
- Source; Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner curriculum standard draft, under patronage of the MQA Seta, proposed to the QCTO.
- See extracts from the document, and the call to mining and general industry and labour to comment on the draft, on Sheqafrica.com.
- The extract above is generic, and partial, and does not represent a particular course or test.
- The curriculum standard includes many more modules, and similar modules at lower and higher levels, and practical elements, and work experience elements.
- To formulate answers, see other posts on the various relevant Sheq disciplines on Sheqafrica.com
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