The ASP Exam, formally known as the Associate Safety Professional exam, is a challenging and comprehensive assessment for men and women who want to enter this fast-paced and rewarding field of safety management. The ASP credential is a first step on the path to becoming a Certified Safety Professional. To earn this credential, candidates must pass the Safety Fundamentals component of the CSP exam.
The test is developed by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals in consultation with an expert team of test administrators. The content of the ASP exam is divided into four domains: recognizing safety, health, and environmental hazards (35.4 percent of the exam); measuring, evaluating, and controlling safety, health, and environmental hazards (30.9 percent); safety, health, and environmental training and management (20.6 percent); and business principles, practices, and metrics in safety, health, and environmental practice (13.1 percent).
Each of these domains covers a number of specific topics. For instance, the first domain covers biological, chemical, electrical, natural, radiation, structural, and mechanical hazards, as well as hazards related to fires, explosions, human factors, and ergonomics. The second domain covers measurement and monitoring, engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment. The third domain addresses training and communication methods; management processes; inspections and auditing; group dynamics; project management; risk management; and safety, health, and environmental management systems. The fourth and final domain of the ASP exam covers basic financial principles, probability and statistics, and performance metrics and indicators.
Between 10 and 15 percent of the items on the exam are pretest questions, which are used to develop future versions of the exam. Pretest questions, impossible to identify, do not contribute to the final score.
ASP Exam Practice Test
1. Overexposure to microwaves, a source of nonionizing radiation, can lead to
a. skin aging and skin cancer
b. inflammation of the cornea
d.skin burns and blisters
2. Dewatering refers to
a. the process of removing water from an area
b. any changes made to the moisture content of soil
c.the process of reducing water content of saturated soil
d.adding drainage systems to soil
3. Structural failure can be caused by
a. design errors
b. changes in material over time because of corrosion, rotting, wear, exposure to sunlight, etc.
c.physical damage through use and abuse
d.poor assembly, maintenance, and work habits
e.all of the above
4. In an explosion, fragment damage is affected by the
a. force of the explosion
b. heat of the explosion
c.length of time the explosion occurs
d.material involved in the explosion
5. Dust explosions are more likely to occur when
a. a high concentration of small dust particles are in the air
b. the air has a high moisture level
c.inert dust particles are mixed with flammable dust particles in the air
d.air turbulence is low
Overexposure to microwaves can lead to cataracts in the eyes. In addition, microwaves can affect the central nervous system and interfere with cardiac pacemakers.
Dewatering refers to any changes made to the moisture content of soil. Dewatering changes the volume of the soil and the amount of load the soil can bear.
All of these factors can lead to structural failure. Types of structural failures include shearing, tension, compression, bending and buckling, and bearing.
Fragment damage occurs when pieces of material involved in the explosion scatter rapidly through the air. The amount of the scatter depends on the material involved: Glass breaks and scatters easily, whereas tougher materials do not scatter as much but may fly farther.
Dust explosions are more likely to occur when a high concentration of small dust particles are in the air. Other factors that increase the likelihood of a dust explosion include low moisture content and the presence of oxygen. Turbulence increases the likelihood of an explosion, as it mixes the oxygen and dust particles together.
Last Updated: 04/12/2013