People on church premises
Your church has a legal duty of care to people on the church premises – employees, volunteers and members of the public. So, it is important that churches are safe places to visit and work.
If an accident happens resulting in an injury to someone, caused by a breach in Health and Safety regulations, it can have serious implications for the church community.
Should churches have a health and safety policy?
Yes, all churches should have an up to date Health and Safety policy to make sure you are able to fulfil your duty of care to your church members, volunteers and visitors.
The key to the policy will be regular risk assessments to identify the types of risks and the likelihood of them happening.
Make sure you have an accident book in the church and that Health and Safety is a standing item at your church meetings.
It is important you monitor your Health and Safety procedures to take account of changing circumstances.
We recommend that churches go through a risk assessment and take any action necessary at least annually.