Typical OHS management exam questions at NQF Levels 4, 5, 6, from the proposed vocational Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner curriculum standard.
The training includes theoretical knowledge, and practical skills exercises, and work experience. The sample questions below therefore also includes some typical practical exercises, and prompts for the content and format of work experience records, and mentorship programmes that employers should set up.
Health and safety budgeting questions
Q; Calculate and explain the short, medium and long term costs of accidents and incidents, in terms of direct and indirect costs, including humane aspects, socio economic impacts, ill health, etc?
Q; Identify the potential economic value of effectively managing Occupational Health and Safety?
Q; List, explain, and give examples of the elements of a typical Occupational Health and Safety budget?
Q; Describe the process for developing and managing an appropriate Occupational Health and Safety budget?
Q; Describe the impact of occupational health and safety performance on the value chain of a typical business?
Q; Use an integrated case exercise, including reports, statistics and data, to demonstrate a health and safety budget?
OHS operations management and supervision questions
Q; Describe the basic business system?
Q; Describe the fundamental business planning process and describe the role of strategy in it?
Q; Explain what is meant by strategy, vision, mission and business objectives?
Q; Describe how the fundamental business processes are applied in the occupational health and safety environment?
Q; Describe the concepts and principles of integrated value chain management?
Q; Use a range of OHS related problems in various business operations to describe the origin and impact of these problems in relation to the business system; and indicate the role that planning played in these problems and what needs to be changed in the planning processes to prevent similar problems in the future?
OHS management system questions
Q; List the key stakeholders involved in the prevention of accidents and incidents in the workplace?
Q; Describe the role of each of the key stakeholders in preventing accidents and incidents?
Q; Explain the consequences when a stakeholder does not execute their duty in incident prevention?
Q; Explain the role of the safety representative when one of the other stakeholders does not do what is expected of them?
Q; Give a list of stakeholders, and note what each of them must do to prevent incidents?
Q; Identify all the requirements applicable to Health and Safety risk management;
Legal (national, provincial and local);
Typical specified internal requirements;
Typical specified external requirements?
Q; Interpret and explain the use of risk profiles when developing policies and procedures for Occupational Health and Safety?
Q; Explain the generic processes for developing, approving and legitimizing policies, procedures and standards for OHS?
Q; Describe and give examples of the consequences of inadequate communication of OHS policies, procedures and standards?
Q; Explain what is meant by a system and what the difference is between systems and processes?
Q; List the typical components of an effective OHS system:
Hazard and risk identification;
Development of systems for compliance;
Communication and implementation of system requirements;
Evaluation and correction of deviations?
Q; Describe the South African national standard for OHS management systems, SANS /OHSAS 18001; and indicate how this aligns with the generic components of an effective OHS safety management system?
Q; Give a range of occupational circumstances relevant to different industries; identify the key components of a required Occupational Health and Safety management system; and develop a proposed system?
OHS management system practical exercise
Use a template for OHS reports, a range of raw OHS data, and other reports, including inspection results, audit results, incident investigation reports, complaints, statistics, medical surveillance, etc, and a group of decision makers, to;
 Evaluate accident and incident investigation reports and assess the effectiveness of actions taken relevant to root cause analysis?
 Gather, analyse and interpret the provided information?
 Apply statistical analysis processes to analyse trends and present occupational health and safety data as meaningful information?
 Populate the report template with the appropriate information?
 Describe findings, observations, reach conclusions and develop appropriate corrective recommendations?
 Prepare and make presentations of the report to decision makers?
OHS management practical experience records
Monitor and manage an OHS management system for a year, and keep records of these tasks;
 Develop an annual safety report for the organisation, or a designated area of the organisation?
 Generate monthly safety reports covering training, incidents, preventative and corrective actions, non-conformances, etc?
 Feedback on management effectiveness on priorities or focus areas, and additional priority action plans?
 Identify and deal with issues requiring immediate action?
 Prepare for and participate in external auditing or inspection?
 Develop action plans for sustained monitoring of OHS indicators?
 Participate in management reviews and provide advice on OHS issues?
 Participation in a recognised Health and Safety Management System?
 Participation in a mentorship or coaching process?
• Source; Extracts relevant to OHS management exam questions, including health and safety management systems, and OHS management budgeting, from the Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner curriculum standard draft, under patronage of the MQA /Mining Seta, proposed to the QCTO.
• See other extracts from the vocational training standard on Sheqafrica.com
• See other posts on OHS management disciplines, and other specialised Sheq disciplines, on Sheqafrica.com
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