Managing health and safety at your church
Managing health and safety can seem like a daunting task at first. Understanding your responsibilities is key to getting things right and acting responsibly.
An introduction to health and safety
Meeting your health and safety responsibilities
If you are an employer, you may need to:
- appoint someone to provide competent assistance to help meet your obligations
- write a safety statement
- complete risk assessments to identify precautions you need to take
- provide training and information for employees and volunteers
- provide first-aid equipment and implement procedures for dealing with an accident
- check that your precautions remain adequate
- keep records of what you have done
- keep up-to-date with any changes.
Even if do not have employees or make use of voluntary labour certain aspects of the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005 may still apply or you may have to comply with other related law. For example, if you control non-domestic premises e.g. a church hall, you will need to ensure that the premises are safe, including any plant or equipment there. Another example could be where you have construction or refurbishment work completed at your church. Here, you may have specific responsibilities to meet.