Free CSP Practice Test

The Certified Safety Professional certification examination (commonly known as the CSP exam) was developed by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. The CSP credential has numerous professional benefits. Certified Safety Professionals tend to earn more money than their non-certified colleagues. In addition, passing the CSP exam improves professional knowledge and skill in ways that directly translate to job performance. Employers generally prefer candidates who have earned the CSP credential to those who have not.

The CSP exam program includes both the Safety Fundamentals and the Comprehensive Practice examinations. Each of these exams consists of 200 multiple-choice questions, with four possible answers per question. Some answers may be partially correct, but there is only one best answer. Your CSP exam score is based on the number of questions you answer correctly. The test administrator makes no distinction between unanswered questions and questions answered incorrectly, so you should make an educated guess when you are uncertain. The minimum passing score is adjusted depending on the difficulty of the test. The CSP exam questions have been composed, edited, and field-tested by professionals. Questions are subjected to extensive testing before they are included as part of a CSP exam. The level of difficult is meant to be appropriate for individuals currently practicing as safety professionals.

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Practice Questions

1. If an object places stress of 50 pounds/square inch on a 10 square inch surface, what is the resulting force?

a. 2224 newtons
b. 500 newtons
c. 5 newtons
d. 60 newtons

2. When determining the safe load on a floor, live loads indicate?

a. The weight of the building and its components
b. Loads placed on the floor
c. Floor load value in a building code handbook
d. Load that one joist can bear

3. You are using a Variable Incidence Tribometer to test the slipperiness of wet floors. Which floor is the most slip resistant?

a. The floor that returns a criterion of .5
b. The floor that returns a criterion of .7
c. The floor that returns a criterion of .45
d. The floor that returns a criterion of .3

4. How tall should a guardrail be in order to protect the greatest number of people from falling?

a. 45 inches
b. 36 inches
c. 48 inches
d. 42 inches

5. OSHA requires safety belt and lanyard hardware used in fall arresting equipment withstand a tensile load of how much?

a. 5400 pounds
b. 5000 pounds
c. 4000 pounds
d. 4500 pounds

Answer Key

1. A: The formula for calculating force is F=sA, where s is stress (force per unit area) and A is the area over which the force acts. In order to calculate the force, you must convert the stress from pounds/square inch to newtons/square meter and the area from square inches to square meter.

2. B: Live loads are the loads placed on a floor. Live loads will vary in different types of buildings, such as office buildings versus parking lots.

3. B: With the Variable Incidence Tribometer, floors measuring higher than .5 are considered slip-resistant, while those measuring lower than .5 are not slip-resistant.

4. D: A guardrail should be at least 42 inches from a floor in order to protect the greatest number of people. OSHA requires a 42 inch height for guardrails.

5. C: Safety belt and lanyard hardware used in fall arresting equipment must withstand a tensile load of 4000 pounds. Anchors and lifelines must withstand a load of 5400 pounds.

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Last Updated: 09/22/2017

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