Heating and Plumbing Services

You need to answer at least 41 out of 48 questions correctly to pass the Heating and Plumbing Services Specialist Activities Test. Answers may be reviewed after each question or at the end of the test. Good luck!

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A Put on an FFP3-rated dust mask before drilling
B Spray it with water as you drill
C Stop work and report it
D Use a low speed drill setting
Correct Answer: C Stop work and report it
A With all valves and switches clearly labelled
B With all valves and switches locked off
C With all valves and switches turned off
D With all valves and switches turned on and ready to use
Correct Answer: B With all valves and switches locked off
A A Gas Safe registered engineer
B A pipefitter
C A skilled engineer
D Anybody
Correct Answer: A A Gas Safe registered engineer
A A Gas Safe registered engineer
B A plumber
C pipefitter
D skilled welder
Correct Answer: A A Gas Safe registered engineer
A By a permit to work system
B By a site security operative
C By the main contractor
D By those who are working in it
Correct Answer: A By a permit to work system
A Mark the item as defective and follow your company procedure for defective items
B Pull the wire clear of the plug and report it to your supervisor
C Push it back into the plug and carry on working
D Take the plug apart and carry out a repair
Correct Answer: A Mark the item as defective and follow your company procedure for defective items
A They should be coiled on a drum or cable tidy
B They should be laid out in the shortest, most convenient route
C They should be located so as to prevent a tripping hazard
D They should be raised on bricks
Correct Answer: C They should be located so as to prevent a tripping hazard
A Disconnect a longer cable serving somewhere else and reconnect it to where you need it
B Find some cable and extend the wiring yourself
C Speak to an electrician and ask them to do the temporary wiring
D Stop work until an authorised supply has been installed
Correct Answer: D Stop work until an authorised supply has been installed
A 110 volt electrical drill
B 110 volt portable halogen light
C Battery-powered rechargeable drill
D Electric kettle
Correct Answer: C Battery-powered rechargeable drill
A TO prevent any chance of corrosion to the pipework
B To maintain the live supply to the electrical circuit
C To prevent any chance of blowing a fuse
D To provide a continuous earth for the pipework installation
Correct Answer: D To provide a continuous earth for the pipework installation
A Any mains voltage drill with a power breaker
B Battery-powered drill
C Drill with 110 volt power supply
D Drill with 240 volt power supply
Correct Answer: B Battery-powered drill
A A cable tracer
B A hammer and chisel
C A multimeter
D A neon screwdriver
Correct Answer: A A cable tracer
A Inside the cabin in a locked cupboard
B Inside the cabin next to the appliance
C Outside the cabin
D Under the cabin
Correct Answer: C Outside the cabin
A In a riser
B In a stairwell
C In another room
D Outside the building
Correct Answer: D Outside the building
A Covered by a tarpaulin to shield the compressed cylinder from sunlight
B In a locked cage at least 3 m from any oxygen cylinders
C In a locked cellar with clear warning signs
D Within a secure storage container at the back of the site
Correct Answer: B In a locked cage at least 3 m from any oxygen cylinders
A Do nothing, as it will eventually soak into the floor
B Keep people out of the area and inform your supervisor
C Spread it about to lessen the depth
D Warn other people as they tread through it
Correct Answer: B Keep people out of the area and inform your supervisor
A The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
B The client
C The gas board
D The health and safety manager
Correct Answer: A The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
A Black
B Blue
C Maroon
D Red or orange
Correct Answer: D Red or orange
A Always, whatever the circumstances
B Only when drilling overhead
C Only when drilling through concrete
D Only when the drill bit exceeds 20 mm
Correct Answer: A Always, whatever the circumstances
A Barrier cream, boots and respiratory protective equipment
B Ear defenders, breathing apparatus and barrier cream
C Ear defenders, respiratory protective equipment, boots and eye protection
D Gloves, breathing apparatus and boots
Correct Answer: C Ear defenders, respiratory protective equipment, boots and eye protection
A Always work in pairs when using pipe-freezing equipment
B Never allow the freezing gas to come into direct contact with surface water
C Never use pipe-freezing equipment on plastic pipe
D Wear gloves to avoid direct contact with the skin and read the COSHH assessment
Correct Answer: D Wear gloves to avoid direct contact with the skin and read the COSHH assessment
A Fire extinguishers
B Hi-vis vest
C Screens
D Warning notices
Correct Answer: C Screens
A It should be available in the immediate work area
B It should be available only if a property is occupied
C It should be held over the joint while you are using the blowtorch
D It should be kept away from the work area in case a spark causes it to explode
Correct Answer: A It should be available in the immediate work area
A At least four hours before leaving the site
B At least one hour before leaving the site
C At least two hours before leaving the site
D Just before you leave the site
Correct Answer: B At least one hour before leaving the site
A Remove just enough lagging to carry out the work
B Remove the lagging at least 1 m either side of the work
C Remove the lagging at least 3 m either side of the work
D Wet the lagging but leave it in place
Correct Answer: B Remove the lagging at least 1 m either side of the work
A Carry out the work, taking care not to set fire to the timber
B Point the flame away from the timber and have a bucket of sand ready to put out the fire
C Use a non-combustible mat and have a fire extinguisher in the immediate work area
D Wet the timber first and have a bucket of water handy
Correct Answer: C Use a non-combustible mat and have a fire extinguisher in the immediate work area
A A boiler operating at a temperature of 80°C
B A cold water storage cistern containing water at 10°C
C A toilet pan
D An infrequently used shower hose outlet
Correct Answer: D An infrequently used shower hose outlet
A By drinking dirty water
B From other people when they sneeze
C Through contact with the skin
D Through fine water droplets, such as sprays or mists
Correct Answer: D Through fine water droplets, such as sprays or mists
A In a method statement
B In a radio telephone message
C On a notice in the canteen
D Using verbal instruction
Correct Answer: A In a method statement
A It is never marked on the equipment but kept with the test certificates
B It is provided for guidance only
C It is the maximum safe working load
D It may be exceeded by no more than 25%
Correct Answer: C It is the maximum safe working load
A The name of the manufacturer
B The next test date
C The safe working load
D The specification of material from which it's made
Correct Answer: C The safe working load
A A chainsaw
B A hammer and bolster
C A hammer and screwdriver
D A hammer and wood chisel
Correct Answer: B A hammer and bolster
A Putting the pipes inside the van with the ends out of the passenger window
B Someone holding the pipes on the roof rack as you drive along
C Tying the pipes to the roof with copper wire
D Using a pipe rack fixed to the roof of the van
Correct Answer: D Using a pipe rack fixed to the roof of the van
A Drag it
B Get a workmate to carry it with you
C Roll it end-over-end
D Use a trolley or other manual handling aid
Correct Answer: D Use a trolley or other manual handling aid
A Can the work be performed from outside?
B Could Weil's disease (leptospirosis) be a problem?
C How many days will the work take to complete?
D Will temporary lighting be used?
Correct Answer: A Can the work be performed from outside?
Correct Answer: C Ladder clamps
A That an apprentice or workmate is standing by in case you slip and fall
B That it is secured to prevent it from moving sideways or sliding outwards
C That no-one else has booked the ladder for their work
D That the weather forecast is for a bright, clear day
Correct Answer: B That it is secured to prevent it from moving sideways or sliding outwards
A It has a tool tray towards the top of the steps
B The restraint mechanism is spread to its full extent
C You will be able to reach the job by standing on the top step
D Your supervisor has positioned and erected the steps
Correct Answer: B The restraint mechanism is spread to its full extent
A 12 m
B 2m
C The height recommended by the manufacturer
D There is no recommended height
Correct Answer: C The height recommended by the manufacturer
A Check that the brakes are locked on
B Check the mobile tower to make sure that it has been correctly assembled
C Close the access hatch to prevent falls of personnel, tools or equipment
D Make sure that the tower does not rock or wobble
Correct Answer: C Close the access hatch to prevent falls of personnel, tools or equipment
A A permit to work must be issued
B All people and equipment must be removed from the platform
C Arrangements must be made with the forklift truck driver
D The principal contractor must give their approval
Correct Answer: B All people and equipment must be removed from the platform
A A risk assessment must be carried out
B A weather forecast must be obtained
C Permits to work must be issued only to those allowed to work on the roof
D The operatives working on the roof must be trained in the use of safety harnesses
Correct Answer: A A risk assessment must be carried out
A Make access to the roof easier
B Prevent rainwater running off the roof onto workers below
C Prevent the fall of people and materials
D Secure tools and materials close to the edge
Correct Answer: C Prevent the fall of people and materials
A Cable trays
B False ceilings
C Overhead service cables
D Water pipes
Correct Answer: C Overhead service cables
A All site activities where a straight ladder cannot be used
B General access on site
C Getting on and off mobile towers
D Short-term work
Correct Answer: D Short-term work
A A long ladder
B A mobile tower or fixed scaffold
C Borrowed scaffolding that you have erected
D Packing cases to stand on
Correct Answer: B A mobile tower or fixed scaffold
A Get your mate to do the job while you hold a rope tied to them
B Scramble up the roof tiles to get to the chimney
C Use an access scaffold designed for chimney works
D Work from a roof ladder securely hooked over the ridge
Correct Answer: C Use an access scaffold designed for chimney works
A If no other suitable equipment is available after works have been risk assessed
B If they are less than 1.75 m high
C If they are made of aluminium
D Inside buildings
Correct Answer: A If no other suitable equipment is available after works have been risk assessed