Written Answers. - Defence Forces Training.

Ivor Callely

Ceist:

92 Mr. Callely asked the Minister for Defence the percentage of Defence Forces personnel which have availed of health and safety courses in 1998 and to date in 1999; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16314/99]

In 1998 and 1999 the courses shown in the following table were undertaken by members of the Permanent Defence Force:

Year

Courses

Numbersattending

1998

Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Diploma

7.00

Unit Safety Officers Course

19.00

Manual Handling Instructors Course

16.00

Certificate in Competence in Workplace Noise Assessment

8

1999

Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Diploma

7.00

Unit Safety Officers Course

38.00

Certificate in Competence in Environmental Noise Assessment

7.00

Dangerous Goods Drivers Course

14.00

Personnel whose duties involve manual handling are given manual handling instruction on an annual basis.
The military authorities also advise that instruction in care of hearing is included in all basic cadet, recruit and apprentice training. Additionally, all personnel receive instruction on care of hearing prior to annual range practices.