Behavioural Case Study Questions – What It’s All About
Since April 2012, the Health, Safety and Environment Test has included a new component comprising of Behavioural Case Study Questions. In essence, these questions aim to determine your knowledge regarding how to behave in a particular situation on site. As projects move on and jobs are completed, the nature of a site changes at an alarming rate. It is therefore vital that you know how to react.
The test lasts for 45 minutes. Within this time, you will be expected to answer 50 multiple-choice questions, 12 of which are behavioural case study questions and 38 of which are questions checking your general knowledge on different health, safety and environmental matters. There are three different tests, depending on what trade or profession you are preparing for (these are the Operative Test, Specialist Test, and Managers and Professionals Test). All these tests have the same number of behavioural study and knowledge questions, though when you are revising for the test and purchasing study materials, make sure you know which test you will be sitting for. Revision material for the test can be found here.
The Behavioural Case Study Questions aim to determine two things: what you should expect from the management of a site, and what they can expect from you. The questions are based on 10 principles established in a handy video called Setting Out. While you’re watching the video, we recommend pausing the film frequently to take down notes for future revision.
The 12 Behavioural Case Study Questions will be divided into three case studies. Each case study will comprise four multiple-choice questions and will follow a fictional character as he/she faces a number of situations on site. You will have to determine how this character should behave. Once you answer a question, the following question will be based on your previous answer. You cannot go back through the case study and change your answer to a previous question. Therefore, you should make sure that you are 100 per cent sure of your choice before moving on.
Here’s an Example of What These Questions Could Look Like:
1. Mike arrives on site and finds that he is alone. He should:
a. Commence working to get a head start.
b. Contact the management or wait until the management arrives so he can be given an induction.
c. Set the site up for a key part of the project.
d. Call a colleague and request permission to commence.
Correct Answer: b.
2. The site management finally arrives and sends Mike to his area to commence work in his assigned area. Mike should:
a. Request an induction. The management has a legal requirement to give Mike basic information so he can perform his tasks safely.
b. Go to his assigned area and commence work as requested.
c. Ask a friend about any particular hazard he should watch out for.
d. Tour the site by himself to obtain information about the different areas and activities carried out.
Correct Answer: a.
3. Mike is shown a video presentation about what to expect and how to avoid specific hazards on site, but there are some parts of the presentation that he doesn’t understand. He should:
a. Proceed to work and apply as many of the points he did understand, to the tasks at hand.
b. Ask a friend what the video said.
c. Ask the management for more information regarding the points not understood.
d. Watch the presentation again during his break.
Correct Answer: c.
4. Mike receives the information he needs and begins carrying out a potentially dangerous activity. He notices that workers close by are not wearing protective equipment. He should:
a. Leave them alone.
b. Suggest that they put on their protective gear.
c. Start tidying up.
d. Formulate a risk assessment plan.
Correct Answer: b.