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Health and Safety in Places of Worship

There are many different things that you could do in your Church or Place of Worship to keep people safe.  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.

Bullet pointIf 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.

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Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment is central to all parts of Health and Safety.  It is a tool that is used to identify what could cause harm to people and how.  It's not about form-filling but about thinking about things.

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Fire Risk Assessment Pages

Safety Issues

There are a number of key safety issues that need attention in any Church or Place of Worship to ensure that people are not harmed.  The most common ones are covered by legislation, and the below topics provide a brief introduction to these themes.

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Burns and Scalds
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Chemical Safety
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Display Screens
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Electrical safety
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Equipment
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Falls from height
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First aid kits and accident books
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Manual Handling
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Noise
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Personal safety
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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
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Signs and posters
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Slips, Trips and Falls
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Stress
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Upper Limb Disorders
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Welfare

Fire Safety

Fire can affect any Church or Place of Worship, putting people's lives at risk and damaging property. It is perhaps the biggest risk for most Churches and Places of Worship as it can affect people and property.

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Fire prevention
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Fire procedures
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Fire extinguishers
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Fire alarms and detectors
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Exits and Fire Exits
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Fire Doors
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Exit signs
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Emergency lighting

Managing Safety

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. This is achieved by providing information, through training and by supervising people. Also, key equipment needs to be maintained and looked after to ensure it is still safe for use or will work when it is needed.

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Fire Safety Legislation
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Health and Safety Policy
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Information, Instruction and Training
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Maintenance
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Maintenance Schedule

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.

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Food Safety and Hygiene
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Smoking Prohibitions

Additional Information

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.

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