September 12, 2016

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Occupational health bumper quiz

occupational health bumper quiz

Research shows that good health is good for business and better workplaces have better financial results. Every year over 170 million days are lost to sickness absence, according to the NHS. Research also shows that the longer people are off sick, the less likely they are to make a successful return to work. After six months absence from work, there is only a 50% chance of someone making a successful return.

This bumper occupational health quiz has five sections, based on information that can be found on the Barbour Service in the Resources section ‘Occupational Health’. The questions cover:

  • Noise
  • Dust
  • Vibration
  • Sensitisers and Allergies
  • Mental Health

By answering the questions below, practitioners can award themselves CPD credits. One, two or three credits can be awarded, depending on what has been learnt – exactly how many you award yourself is up to you, once you have reflected and taken part in the quiz.

Please note:  There may be more than one correct answer to a question, and further reading may be required to correctly answer the questions.


Section 1.1: Noise - hearing ranges

The normal range of hearing is from approximately:

Section 1.2: Noise - controlling the risk

Where a risk assessment has identified that noise exposure needs to be controlled there are a number of measures that may be taken. Which of the following noise-reduction measures must be considered?

You may choose more than one answer.
Section 1.3: Noise - hearing protection 

When should hearing protection be used?
Section 1.4: Noise - duties of employees

Under regulations, employees are required to follow any instructions and take note of any information and training given by their employer in relation to minimising exposure to noise. True or false?
Section 1.5: Noise - health surveillance

Health surveillance of employees expose to noise at work is required under Regulation 9 of the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. The main purpose of health surveillance is to:
Section 2.1: Dust - particle size

Dust is defined as airborne solid matter up to how many mm in size?
Section 2.2: Dust - regulations

The COSHH Regulations set out the legal requirements for protecting people in the workplace against health risks from hazardous substances, including dust and respiratory sensitisers (substances which cause occupational asthma). The Regulations also include requirements for health surveillance and medical record-keeping of those exposed to certain categories of hazardous substances. True or False?
Section 2.3: Dust - control measures

Control measures are always a mixture of equipment and ways of working to reduce exposure. Control equipment includes which of the following:
Section 2.4: Dust - airborne sampling

Airborne sampling can be undertaken by supervisors and managers. True or False?
Section 3.1: Vibration - definition

Which of the following is true:
Section 3.2: Vibration - health

The health effects of HAV are the more common. What is the frequency range at which contact may be harmful?
Section 3.3: Vibration - exposure action value

The Exposure Action Value (EAV) is a weekly amount of vibration exposure above which employers are required to take action to control exposure. True or False?
Section 3.4: Vibration - exposure limit value

The Exposure Limit Value (ELV) is the maximum amount of vibration an employee may be exposed to:
Section 3.5: Vibration - control measures 

Control measures for HAV include which of the following:

You may choose more than one answer.
Section 4.1: Sensitisers and allergies - substances

Substances may pose a hazard to humans via their property of creating an allergic response in the human body. While occurring in relatively few compounds they can cause serious health effects.

Compounds with allergenic properties are called:
Section 4.2: Sensitisers and allergies - risk assessment

The COSHH Regulations require employers to carry out risk assessments of work that may involve exposure to sensitisers and allergens, and to prevent or adequately control the exposures.

The first stage of the risk assessment is to:
Section 4.3: Sensitisers and allergies - respiratory sensitisers

Breathing-in respiratory sensitisers can cause permanent damage to the nose, throat and lungs. They may cause which of the following:

Section 4.4: Sensitisers and allergies - skin sensitisers 

Contact dermatitis is inflammation of the skin caused by contact with a range of materials. It can affect all parts of the body, but most commonly the hands. How many types of contact dermatitis are there?
Section 5.1: Mental health at work - government support

In 2012, the coalition Government stressed the importance of workplace support for those suffering mental health conditions, offering employers what?
Section 5.2: Mental health at work - legislation 

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 has now been replaced in most parts by The Equality Act 2010. True or False?
Section 5.3: Mental health at work - reasonable adjustments

The Equality Act 2010 requires employers to be flexible and make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for people with disabilities to enable them to do their jobs. Many adjustments are simple and inexpensive and will make sense to your business. The HSE suggest that reasonable adjustments can be made in which areas:
Section 5.4: Mental health at work - stress

The NHS defines stress as:
Section 5.5: Mental health at work - pre-employment health questions

Under section 60 of the Equality Act, it is unlawful for an employer to ask health questions in the recruitment process before a job offer is made. Certain circumstances however may allow an employer to ask certain health questions before the job offer has been made. True or False?

Thank you for taking part in the Occupational Health Quiz. Please fill in this short form to find out your score and to be emailed the correct answers and explanations.




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Jason Denman

A good test but a couple of points to mention.
The widely recognised hearing range for the human ear is 20Hz to 20Khz. This option is not available. 16Hz is not considered to be within normal range of the ear.
Dermatitis: according to the Barbour information there are 2 types of contact dermatitis. You are marking this as incorrect and adding contact urticaria to the list even though this is not considered to be contact dermatitis but a wheal and flare response. The HSE refer to it separately from contact dermatitis.

Mandy Fairless

I agree with you Jason- the correct hearing range was not available as an answer, and your comments regarding dermatitis echo my own thoughts- and “incorrect” answers!


I agree also! Hearing range is 20 to 20.


I was very pleased with my 19/23