Free ASP Safety Fundamentals Practice Test
The ASP Safety Fundamentals exam is the first step toward becoming a certified safety professional. The measurement and monitoring section of the exam covers measurement, sampling, and analysis and monitoring equipment. The engineering controls section includes questions about dust control; equipment and material handling; excavation shoring; facility physical security; fall protection; fire prevention, protection, and suppression; hazardous energy control; human factors and ergonomic design; mechanical and machine guarding; segregation and separation; substitution and selection of alternative design strategies; and ventilation. The administrative controls section of the ASP Safety Fundamentals exam addresses accountability; behavior modification; decontamination processes; exposure limitation; fitness for duty; housekeeping; labels; material safety data sheets; safe work permits; training and education; warnings and signs; work zone establishment; and written plans, procedures, and work practices.
The personal protective equipment section includes assessment of need for personal protective equipment; selection and testing of personal protective equipment; usage of personal protective equipment; and maintenance of personal protective equipment. As for training and communication methods, the ASP Safety Fundamentals exam includes discussion of adult learning techniques, ANSI/ASSE Z490.1 behavior modification, methods of training delivery and evaluation, and presentation tools. The management processes covered by the exam include emergency/crisis/disaster planning and response, identification of expert resources, incident data collection and analysis, and techniques for performing incident investigation and root cause analysis. In regard to inspections and auditing, the ASP Safety Fundamentals exam addresses inspection and auditing programs, reasons to perform inspections and audits, and the purpose and objective of ISO 19011. The group dynamics section features questions related to conflict resolution, methods of facilitating teams, multidisciplinary teamwork, and negotiation procedures.
The project management section includes questions related to evaluation of cost, schedule, performance, and risk; project management terminology; and review of specifications and designs against requirements. The risk management section of the ASP Safety Fundamentals exam covers risk management process and risk analysis methods. Finally, in the safety, health, and environmental management systems section, the exam addresses the purpose and objective of ANSI/AIHA Z10, the purpose and objective of the ISO 14000 series of environmental management system standards, and the purpose and objective of the OHSAS 18000 series of occupational and safety management system standards. This section may also include questions about the purpose and objective of the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration Voluntary Protection Programs. The ASP Safety Fundamentals exam was developed by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
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1. The primary danger from biohazards is
A. sick building syndrome
C. environmental damage
D. parasite infestation
2. The best way to deal with hazardous waste is to
A. eliminate or reduce its production
B. contain it in a tank, lagoon, or waste pile
C. treat it through biological, chemical, or physical processes
D. dispose of it through burial or incineration
3. Teratogens are chemical substances that
A. cause a fetus to be malformed
B. produce cancer in humans or animals
C. change the genetic structure of humans or animals, affecting future generations
D. displace oxygen, interfering with breathing and oxygen transport
4. "Local" effects from a chemical hazard are effects
A. from a chemical that damage organs or biological functions
B. that occur only after repeated exposure to a chemical
C. that occur after only one exposure to a chemical
D. from a chemical that injure the skin, eyes, or respiratory system
5. Formerly contaminated air can be recirculated if
A. it has been cleaned through a system that includes equally efficient primary and secondary systems or a primary system accompanied by a fail-safe monitor
B. the recirculated air is tested regularly to ensure that it is safe
C. a process is in place to divert contaminated air outside or shut down the process generating the contaminant if a problem occurs
D. All of the above
ASP Answers and Explanations
1. B: The primary danger from biohazards is infection, which occurs when biohazardous agents enter the body or skin through ingestion, inhalation, puncture, or contact.
2. A: The best way to deal with hazardous waste is to eliminate or reduce its production by substituting less hazardous materials or using materials that do not produce hazardous waste. When hazardous materials cannot be eliminated, they must be contained, treated, or disposed of.
3. A: Teratogens are chemical substances that cause a fetus to be malformed. Carcinogens produce cancer in humans or animals; mutagens change the genetic structure of humans or animals, affecting future generations; and asphyxiants displace oxygen, interfering with breathing and oxygen transport.
4. D: "Local" effects from a chemical hazard are effects from a chemical that injure the skin, eyes, or respiratory system. Effects from a chemical that damage organs or biological functions are systemic effects. Chronic exposure refers to effects that occur only after repeated exposure to a chemical, while acute exposure refers to effects that occur after only one exposure to a chemical.
5. D: All of these procedures must be in place in order for formerly contaminated air to be recirculated. The level of contaminants in the recirculated air must be less than the recommended concentrations for health hazards so that there are no potential health consequences for anyone breathing the air.
Last Updated: 04/18/2018