CSCS Practice Questions

For this CSCS mock test, we’ll be asking some common questions related to the newly added respiratory risks section of the CSCS test. Like most of our CSCS practice questions, some questions will require a single answer and some questions will have multiple answers.

As one of the newly added components of the CSCS test, the respiratory risks section highlights how simple everyday tasks such as cutting, grinding, drilling and using chemicals can lead to long-term illness if simple health and safety procedures are not followed.

These CSCS practice questions are nearly identical to the ones you’ll encounter on your test day, so if you can answer all these practice questions correctly you’ll be well on your way to acing the respiratory risks section of your CSCS test. All the answers are provided at the end of each question.

1. High levels of dust can be inhaled when performing tasks such as grinding, drilling, sanding and cutting. These levels are most dangerous when:

a. Working in a small room.

b. Using the tool in a large, indoor area.

c. Working outdoors on a calm day.

d. Using the tool outside when it is windy.

Answer: A

2. You need to sweep up dust that was created during your shift. You should:

a. Place a protective mask over your nose and mouth.

b. Ensure that there is adequate ventilation.

c. Dampen down the area.

d. All of the above.

Answer: D

3. You are required to undertake some work that will produce dust. What will you need to do?

a. Only work for a short period of time.

b. Avoid the work, as dust can harm your respiratory system.

c. Begin work immediately; dust is hardly dangerous.

d. Wear the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) and use devices that will control airborne dust.

Answer: D

4. When using water to help control the levels of dust when cutting, what should you do?

a. Make certain that you are using as much water as possible.

b. Pour water onto a surface before you begin cutting.

c. Ask a co-worker to stand next to you and pour water directly onto your workspace.

d. Make sure that the flow of water is adjusted correctly.

Answer: D

5. What TWO methods can you use to reduce the amount of dust from becoming airborne?

a. Place a dust collector on the machine.

b. Wear a protective mask.

c. Keep your area neat.

d. Work carefully and slowly.

e. Wet cutting

Answer: A and E

6. When using a power tool for cutting and grinding, why is it important for the dust to be collected?

a. It will save time and avoid a mess.

b. A machine guard is not necessary if the dust is collected.

c. Dust can be harmful if it is inhaled.

d. The tool performs better if dust is collected.

Answer: C

7. Occupational asthma can make it impossible to work with specific materials. How is it caused?

a. Constant exposure to rat droppings.

b. Constant exposure to harmful levels of noise.

c. Cutaneous (skin) contact with hazardous materials.

d. Breathing in hazardous substances such as dust, vapours, and fumes

Answer: D

8. Being exposed to which of these items will NOT cause lung infections or diseases?

a. Bird faeces.

b. Strong odours.

c. Asbestos fibres.

d. Silica in dust form.

Answer: B

9. A nest of pigeons along with droppings are discovered in an area where you will be working. What should you do?

a. Let the birds leave before continuing with your work.

b. Cease work and ask a supervisor what you should do.

c. Attempt to catch the birds.

d. Continue with your tasks.

Answer: B

10. More construction workers die or suffer long-term health impacts from which of the following?

a. Tripping and falling.

b. Accidents involving vehicles.

c. Falling from great heights.

d. Inhaling hazardous substances.

Answer: D

11. You are working with a chemical and require respiratory protective equipment (RPE). If none has been given, what do you do?

a. Work as quickly as possible.

b. Smell the chemical to determine whether it is dangerous.

c. Begin work but take breaks at five-minute intervals.

d. Do not work until the proper equipment and training have been provided.

Answer: D

12. You are provided with a dust mask to protect against dangerous fumes but this mask is partially damaged. What should you do?

a. Begin your work but take regular breaks.

b. Wear a second mask above the first.

c. Work as quickly as possible.

d. Do not start working until you are supplied with the proper protective equipment.

Answer: D

13. Which of these tasks does NOT cause silica dust to enter into the air?

a. Sawing wood.

b. Cutting stones and blocks.

c. Demolition of concrete floors or screeds.

d. Sweeping up rubble

Answer: A

14. When you are drilling, grinding, sanding, or dusting, how can you protect your lungs from long-term respiratory damage?

a. Wear goggles and use a dust extractor or only wet-cut.

b. Use a regular dust mask, goggles and hearing protection.

c. Only use an FFP3-rated mask and goggles.

d. Use an FFP3-rated mask, an extraction device or wet cut, impact goggles, and hearing protection

Answer: D

15. Solvents in paints and resins can lead to:

a. Lung issues.

b. Headaches, nausea and dizziness.

c. Other effects on the body.

d. All of the above.

Answer: D

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