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FAQ - Health and Safety 

At Positive Safety Training, we understand that the world of health and safety can be daunting at first. 
We aim to make you comfortable with a variety of subjects in a fun and engaging way. 
Here are some of the most common questions we get asked. Click on a question for more information. 
1. What is Manual Handling 
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 define it as 'any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or by bodily force'. 
In effect, any activity that requires an individual to lift, move or support a load, will be classified as a manual handling task. 
Why is Manual Handling Training important? 
Statistics issued by the Health & Safety Executive on 2 November 2011 show that 36,244 people suffered a reportable workplace injury while manual handling during the year to April 2011. This includes all injuries classed as “serious” or which led to more than three days off work reported to the HSE under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). 
What can you do to reduce the risk of manual handling injuries in your workplace? 
Assess your handling processes and remove unnecessary tasks 
Reduce the number and frequency of manual handling tasks 
Provide employees with suitable training, tools and equipment to handle loads 
Consider suitable mechanical lifting aids such as cranes, platform lifts or goods lifts. 
Information on our Manual Handling qualifications and training courses can be found > Level 2 Award in Safe Moving and Handling (QCF) 
2. 999 or 112? 
Dialling 999 or 112 un the UK from any phone, mobile or land-line will connect you to the emergency services. 112 is the European wide emergency number which also works in the UK. 
There are NO advantages of one number over another. 
Further information on calling 999 for an ambulance can be found on the NHS website 
3. Accident statistics for 2014/2015 
1.2 million working people suffering from a work-related illness 
2,538 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2013) 
142 workers killed at work 
76,000 other injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR 
611,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey 
27.3 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury 
£14.3 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2013/14) 
3. What’s The Difference Between A Fire Warden And A Fire Marshal? 
There is actually no fire warden/fire marshal difference. There are just two names with the same meaning. In the UK the the responsibilities of a fire warden and a fire marshal are identical. 
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