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IS-5.a: An Introduction to Hazardous Materials


1. Sensory clues to the possible presence of hazardous materials in water include:
A. Dead fish
B. Unusual algae growth
C. White froth
D. All of these

2. When treating a household incident involving exposure to a poison, your most reliable source of advice and expertise is:
A. The Poison Control Center
B. The local health department
C. The police
D. The product's label

3. Which of the following correctly identifies the four 'routes of entry' for toxic substances into the body:
A. Absorption, injection, insertion, inhalation
B. Irritation, injection, absorption, asphyxiation
C. Absorption, injection, ingestion, inhalation
D. Injection, ingestion, integration, absorption

4. The code OXY in the bottom white quadrant of a label conforming to NFPA 704 indicates that:
A. The material will explode on contact with air
B. The material can easily release oxygen to create or worsen a fire or explosion hazard
C. The material reacts with water
D. The material is radioactive

5. The chemical agent or hazardous material that interferes with the body's ability to transfer oxygen to the cells is:
A. Hydrogen cyanide
B. Nerve agent
C. Tear gas
D. Phosgene

6. Which Federal law is intended to assure, so far as possible, safe working conditions?
A. The Toxic Substances Control Act
B. The Occupational Safety and Health Act
C. The Clean Air Act
D. The Safe Drinking Water Act

7. A toxic accident occurs in your neighborhood. Several adults, teenagers, and small children are present. Which group, if any, would likely be most severely affected?
A. The teenagers would be most severely affected
B. All would be affected to the same degree
C. The small children would be most severely affected
D. The adults would be most severely affected

8. What is the recommended minimum number of personnel needed to manage a hazardous materials incident safely?
A. 3-5
B. 8
C. 5
D. 3

9. Decontamination is needed in order to:
A. Identify chemicals involved in an accident
B. Remove contaminants from people and equipment
C. Treat injuries resulting from chemical emergencies
D. Estimate the amount of contaminant to which a person has been exposed

10. The five phases of a hazardous material's life does not include production, transportation, storage, elimination, and disposal.
A. True
B. False

11. The Federal agency primarily responsible for protecting our environment from contamination by hazardous materials releases is:
A. The Department of Labor
B. The Department of Transportation
C. The Federal Emergency Management Agency
D. The Environmental Protection Agency

12. If you are caught outdoors in the vicinity of a hazardous materials incident, you should try to move away from the release:
A. Close to the incident responders
B. Upstream, uphill, and upwind
C. Downstream, downhill, and downwind

13. Under EPCRA, Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) are charged with the responsibility to:
A. Inspect local factories to ensure compliance with Federal legislation
B. Develop an emergency plan to respond to hazardous materials incidents
C. Regulate hazardous materials within State borders
D. Write local ordinances to promote emergency preparedness

14. It is difficult and sometimes impossible to purify contaminated groundwater.
A. True
B. False

15. Under what circumstances are judges likely to take immediate action to halt pollution before a violation of the law has been proven in court?
A. When the polluting industry is large and can afford it
B. Whenever there is cause to believe the environment might be harmed
C. Whenever environmental lobby groups are in agreement that the problem exists
D. In extreme cases when the potential damage is clear and irreparable

16. Existing landfills are generally considered sufficient to serve as the sole means of disposing of the Nation's waste for the foreseeable future.
A. True
B. False

17. If you encounter a suspicious substance, you should:
A. Immediately dispose of it yourself
B. Notify the appropriate authority

18. A person whose skin is coated with a toxic substance gives his/her contaminated clothing to another individual. This likely will result in what is called:
A. Risk
B. Cross-contamination
C. Ingestion
D. Reckless endangerment

19. Results of Commodity Flow Surveys can be obtained from:
A. LEPC
B. FEMA
C. LAPD
D. SEMA

20. The presence of hazardous materials can always be detected by the sense of smell.
A. True
B. False

21. A person works every day with a toxic substance, but does not take protective measures. The individual will experience what type of exposure?
A. Lethal
B. Acute
C. Chronic
D. Carcinogenic

22. The EPCRA grants citizens the right to obtain information on hazardous materials in their community.
A. True
B. False

23. An industry's smokestack is an example of what type of source?
A. Point
B. Area

24. The local role in reducing public risks from hazardous materials includes:
A. Developing an emergency plan for hazardous materials incidents
B. Regulating hazardous materials transportation through local ordinances
C. Regulating safe disposal of hazardous waste
D. All of these

25. One benefit of a sound community plan to deal with a hazardous materials emergency is:
A. The need for assistance from other jurisdictions is eliminated
B. Fewer resources are required to handle the incident
C. Roles and responsibilities are defined
D. The likelihood of an incident occurring is almost eliminated









26. Formal mutual aid agreements with surrounding jurisdictions are seldom if ever needed, since everyone is ready to pitch in when an incident occurs.
A. True
B. False

27. A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) includes information on:
A. The amount of a specific chemical that can be legally released
B. Health effects and physical properties of a specific chemical
C. Laws governing the use of a specific chemical
D. The cost of a specific chemical

28. The Federal agency responsible for regulating interstate shipments of hazardous materials is:
A. Environmental Protection Agency
B. Federal Emergency Management Agency
C. Department of Transportation
D. Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29. A chemical that, in relatively small amounts, produces injury when it comes in contact with skin tissue is known as:
A. A flammable liquid
B. A radioactive material
C. An explosive
D. A corrosive

30. Under existing laws, States do not have broad authority to control how hazardous materials are stored, used, transported, and disposed of within their borders.
A. True
B. False

31. The body has very efficient internal defenses which can remove any quantity of an unwanted substance.
A. True
B. False

32. The success of good site operations and the ability of employees to respond during emergencies is:
A. Good site planning
B. Initial and annual refresher training
C. Well rehearsed response team
D. Annual inspections of the site

33. A primary purpose of conducting a hazardous materials exercise is to find out:
A. What type of incident is most likely to occur
B. Which responders should receive raises
C. Whether planned procedures work
D. What Federal and State resources could be made available for such an incident

34. The primary hazard associated with most flammable liquids is:
A. Faulty containers
B. Radioactivity
C. Toxic vapors
D. Fire or explosion

35. In-place sheltering is never an appropriate option in an accident involving hazardous materials.
A. True
B. False

36. Besides the LEPC, what local agencies may maintain specific information on industries in your community that use, store, or generate EHS-listed hazardous materials?
A. The local fire department
B. The local police
C. The local public works department
D. The local emergency services department

37. In the NFPA 704 labeling system, a rating of 4 in any quadrant corresponds to:
A. A moderately high hazard
B. The lowest degree of hazard
C. A moderately low hazard
D. The highest degree of hazard

38. The key components of a complete local plan include a basic plan, supporting annexes, and implementing procedures. The supporting annexes typically include:
A. Information on how specific functions (such as evacuation) will be carried out for particular hazards
B. Conceptual framework for emergency operations
C. Lists of people to alert under certain conditions
D. 'How to' instructions for operating departments or individuals

39. By reading the placard on a tanker bearing hazardous materials, you can find out:
A. The date the substance was shipped
B. The hazard class of the substance being carried
C. The amount of the substance being carried
D. The name of the carrier

40. The tendency of chemicals to become more concentrated as they move up the food chain is known as:
A. Chemical breakdown
B. Leachification
C. Biodegradation
D. Biomagnification

41. Health affects resulting from contact with a hazardous substance over a long period of time is called:
A. Serological exposure
B. Chronic exposure
C. Doxological exposure
D. Systemic exposure

42. You have just learned that a chemical you work with is a mutagen. What effect does this chemical have?
A. Causes a permanent change in the genetic material (DNA)
B. Increases the risk of cancer
C. Increases the risk of physical defects in a developing embryo
D. Irritates the lining of the throat


43. Which Federal agency provides training, resource information and technical assistance to States to help them prepare for hazardous materials emergencies?
A. The Department of Labor
B. The Department of Transportation HMEP Grants
C. The Federal Emergency Management Agency
D. The Environmental Protection Agency SARA Grants

44. Standard approaches to waste disposal are generally regulated and managed by the:
A. FEMA
B. EPA
C. DOT
D. OSHA

45. The Federal law designed to regulate hazardous waste 'from cradle to grave' is:
A. Safe Drinking Water Act
B. Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976
C. Toxic Substances Control Act
D. Superfund

46. The basic approaches to cleaning contaminated soil include:
A. Containment, off-site containment, on- or off-site treatment, or disposal
B. Air stripping/aeration, activated carbon, and chemical precipitation

47. What is the primary purpose of a Hazardous Materials Response Team?
A. To provide the skills, knowledge, and technical equipment needed to offensively handle hazardous materials incidents
B. To develop a community plan for responding to hazardous materials incidents
C. To inspect buildings where hazardous chemicals are used or manufactured
D. To assist in the disposal of household hazardous waste

48. The analysis of a situation to determine the level of risk inherent in that situation is called:
A. Risk search
B. Risk assessment
C. Risk management
D. Health effects assessment

49. Once approved, an Emergency Operations Plan should never be revised, since this would create potential confusion in responding agencies.
A. True
B. False

50. Permissible exposure limits are levels of exposures mandated by:
A. ACGIH
B. USCG
C. OSHA
D. EPA 


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