Safety Quiz!

 In 2022, Tip of the Week

Safety has its’ own language. It is not uncommon to hear the “safety person” talking, and it seems like she/he is speaking another language. And then, to add to the confusion, there are terms used in OSHA regulations that might not make any sense at all! That’s why we try to have our end of the month safety quiz focus on terms and acronyms you hear in the safety world, so that you can have the definition.

We picked some terms that we thought were important to know. If you have a term or acronym you want to know more about, please reply to this email.

1. Someone tells you that they are a “competent person” in a certain application, like excavations, for example. What makes someone a competent person, according to OSHA’s Construction Safety Orders?

A. They have common sense and have at least 10 years’ experience in that field or topic.
B. They took an OSHA certified competent person course.
C. They are capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.
D. It is someone who is certified as competent by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

2. The Control of Energy/LOTO regulation refers to an “affected employee.” Who is that?

A. It is an employee whose job requires them to operate or use a machine or equipment on which cleaning, repairing, servicing, setting-up or adjusting operations are being performed under lockout or tagout.
B. It is an employee whose job requires them to work in an area in which cleaning, repairing, servicing, setting-up or adjusting operations are being performed under lockout or tagout.
C. It is the supervisor who is watching employees whose jobs requires them to clean, repair, service, set-up or adjust equipment under lockout or tagout.
D. It is anyone working around lockout or tagout operations.
E. All the above.

3. Who is the person at a permit-required confined space entry operation that is responsible for determining if acceptable entry conditions are present at a permit space where entry is planned, for authorizing entry and overseeing entry operations, and for terminating entry?

A. The Attendant
B. The Authorized entrant
C. The Entry supervisor
D. A Rescuer
E. None of the above

4. The HAZWOPER regulation talks about a “qualified person.” What defines a qualified person?

A. It is the incident commander at a hazardous material (hazmat) spill.
B. It is a person with specific training, knowledge, and experience in the area for which the person has the responsibility and the authority to control.
C. It is a person who trains other employees to clean up a hazmat spill.
D. It is a person who owns the site where a hazmat spill is.

5. Some regulations refer to a “CSP.” What is a CSP?

A. A CSP is a Construction Safety Person.
B. A CSP is a Competent Safety Person.
C. A CSP is a Capable Supervisor Professional.
D. A CSP is a Certified Safety Professional.

Bonus Question:

6. Someone comes to your workplace and trains you to be a forklift operator. Who determines that this trainer is qualified to be a trainer?

A. They must pass an OSHA training test. OSHA says they are qualified to be a trainer.
B. They must talk to the local fire department. The fire department says that the trainer is qualified.
C. They must take a test from the BCSP. The BCSP says that the trainer is qualified.
D. Your employer, by hiring the trainer, says that the trainer is qualified to train you.


1. C.
2. E.
3. C.
4. B.
5. D.
6. D.
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