CSCS Revision – General Responsibilities

The CSCS revision notes below aim to highlight some of the key points you will need to revise in order to pass your test in 2024. These 20 key points are from the “General Responsibilities” section and cover some of the basics of health and safety.

Regardless of the type of test you’re taking, these revision notes will come in handy as they answer most of the knowledge questions you’ll face from the general responsibilities section.

After going over the revision notes, see how many of the example CSCS test questions you can answer below.

In order to create a safe workplace, both employers and employees must work together to ensure that all health and safety standards are met. This includes familiarizing themselves with applicable laws, regulations, and standards as they pertain to the particular worksite, implementing appropriate risk management strategies, communicating safety protocols clearly to all staff members, providing adequate training for everyone, and identifying potential health and safety hazards before they become an issue.

CSCS Revision – General Responsibilities

  1. To help prevent accidents and maintain a safe working environment everyone on-site should report unsafe working conditions.
  2. When you attend your site induction you must pay attention to all safety topics discussed, if there’s something you don’t understand you should ask the presenter to explain it again until you fully understand.
  3. It is the legal duty of your employer to provide risk assessments; it’s not your responsibility to write your own risk assessments.
  4. We should all try our best to maintain a clean and tidy working environment because this will help to reduce the number of slips, trips, and falls in the workplace.
  5. If for some reason you believe that the work being carried out by another contractor puts your safety at risk you should stop working and speak to your supervisor immediately.
  6. If you need to use a tool that has been given a prohibition notice this means that the tool is unsafe and you should not use it until it has been made safe.
  7. If you turn up to work one day and someone says that the site has been issued with a prohibition notice this means you must stop all work as the site is unsafe for work.
  8. If an HSE inspector inspects your work and issues an improvement notice this means that you are not working safely.
  9. Whenever you are at work, the Health and Safety at Work places legal duties on everyone at work, not just employers.
  10. If for some reason you believe that the safety rules explained at your site induction are outdated you should speak to your supervisor and share your opinion.
  11. The Health and Safety at Work Act is important to everyone at work because it places legal duties on employers to provide a safe working environment and it also places legal duties on you to follow the safe system of work that’s put in place.
  12. Your site manager is responsible for managing health and safety on your construction site.
  13. A risk assessment is vital for on-site safety as it identifies hazards and explains how you can carry out a task safely.
  14. The word “hazard” is quite common in any workplace. The term hazard is used to describe anything at work that has the potential to cause harm or injury to you.
  15. You can expect to learn about the site health and safety rules during the site induction.
  16. The term toolbox talk is used to describe a short training session on a specific health and safety topic.
  17. Everyone who will be working on-site should attend the site induction.
  18. Two key topics that are normally discussed at the site induction are the site safety rules and the emergency procedures in place.
  19. The term near miss is used to describe an accident that could have resulted in injury.
  20. We can all help to prevent accidents by reporting near misses and unsafe working conditions.

CSCS example questions on General Responsibilities

Here are a few sample questions you’ll be asked from this section.

  • Who is responsible for reporting unsafe working conditions on-site?
  • What should you do if you’re at a site induction and the presenter explains something, but you don’t understand it fully?
  • Is it your responsibility to write your own risk assessments?
  • In terms of safety, what can be the result of poor housekeeping on-site?
  • What should you do if someone else is working next to you but you believe the work they’re doing is putting your safety at risk?
  • What does it mean if a tool you need to use has been given a prohibition notice?
  • What does it mean if your job site was given a prohibition notice?
  • What does it mean if an HSE inspector issues an improvement notice after observing you at work?
  • Does the Health and Safety at Work Act place duties on your employer only, or does it place duties on everyone at work?
  • What should you do if you believe that the safety rules explained to you at your site induction were outdated for the current work taking place?
  • Who is responsible for managing health and safety at a work site?
  • What does a risk assessment tell you?
  • In terms of health and safety, what does a toolbox talk mean?
  • When would you expect to learn about your worksite safety rules and emergency procedures?
  • What is a hazard?

Hopefully, these CSCS revision notes will help you pass your CITB operatives test in 2024!

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