Health and safety tips for your church
We’ve all heard about health and safety legislation and the many stories of over-zealous regulation. But health and safety has a valuable purpose. It might sometimes seem a bit of an uphill struggle, but in the modern world, implementing health and safety legislation correctly can make all the difference between winning and losing a contested accident claim.
With this in mind, talk a look at our short video to help your church or hall prepare.
Six tips covering essential information for your place of church or hall
Risk assessments matter
Conduct them thoroughly and regularly and you’re well on the way to protecting your church. They cover all aspects of church premises and life, so leave nothing out
Don’t trip up by not having a health and safety policy
This needs to be drafted and reviewed regularly to ensure it is up to date. Ultimately, you are accountable and need to ensure that adequate arrangements are in place. It is your responsibility to prove you have adequate arrangements for your liabilities and risks
Keep a record of any incidents
Current legislation means that, if an accident occurs, it is imperative that you complete the statutory accident book and report the incident to your local Environmental Health Department
Put it in writing
All the relevant information about an accident must be recorded. This includes statements from any witnesses
Establish a sub-committee to handle health and safety
This is a very important role. The committee will be responsible for ensuring that all risk assessments and procedures are followed. At meetings, make health and safety a standing item
Our website has the forms you need
We have developed a self-assessment form to help you find out just how safe your church and hall are. Download the form, complete it, and if you answer no to any of the questions, you could be at risk of an accident and subsequent insurance claim. Our risk assessment form is also available for you to download together with the form to help draw up a health and safety policy. Should you ever need to record an incident, you can use our accident and witness report form.
For more information call the team on 0345 606 1331