There are many different things that you should do in your Church or Place of Worship to keep people safe. All Places of Worship are different and what works in one building might not work in another. It is important to think how you can best ensure people's Health and Safety in your premises.
The information in this section of the Website is designed to get you started and explain some of the most important parts of Health and Safety as it applies to Churches and Places of Worship.
If you are part of a large organisation or denomination, you should have some Health and Safety documents, which you also need to read and use.
If you are new to Health and Safety, take a look at our Getting Started page.
Risk Assessment is central to all parts of Health and Safety. Without it, you will not be able to decide exactly what precautions you need to put into place to reduce the risks.
Fire Risk Assessment
Typical Safety Issues
Reduce the risk
There are a number of issues that need attention in any Church or Place of Worship to ensure that people are not harmed.
Burns and Scalds
Falls from height
First aid kits and accident books
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Signs and posters
Slips, Trips and Falls
Upper Limb Disorders
Fire can affect any Church or Place of Worship, putting people's lives at risk and damaging property.
Fire Risk Assessment
Fire alarms and detectors
Exits and Fire Exits
Risk Assessment is the first step to managing Health and Safety, but ensuring people know about safety in your Church or Place of Worship is essential.
Health and Safety Policy
Information, Instruction and Training
Other topics of interest
There are a number of subjects that are related to Health and Safety and are of significance to Churches and Places of Worship.
Disability Discrimination and Accessibility
Food Safety and Hygiene
Licences and Regulated Entertainment
This Website is only intended to introduce you to Health and Safety and gives you some background information to help. Health and Safety is a large topic, and we have not been able to include everything here. For information about ways to get more information and a list of books and free publications, please go to our Extra Information Resources page.
It might also be beneficial to seek professional advice from a consultant if you are not certain about what you must do. In such cases, we recommend our partner, National Health and Safety Company Ltd, who provide a number of packaged suitable for Churches and Places of Worship.