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Health and Safety Policy

A health and safety policy is usually a document setting out your general approach to and commitment for managing health and safety in your church.

Where you are an employer and have five or more employees, you will need one. Here, it must meet certain requirements. For example, it will certainly need to be in writing detailing the organisation and arrangements for managing health and safety. Any risk assessments you complete will help inform what needs to be included. The policy will need to be revised periodically and communicated to all employees and volunteers.

What needs to be included in the policy?

Broadly speaking, church health and safety policies should contain:

  • A general statement, dated and signed, usually by a member of the PCC
  • Details of the responsibilities for managing health and safety and those who hold them
  • Details of any specific arrangements setting out what will be done practically.

If you prepare a policy, you should formally minute its adoption at a PCC meeting. You may also want to consider how ‘health and safety’ is reviewed at these meetings over time.

Any policy you prepare needs to reflect your own specific circumstances. The length, content and complexity of the document will depend on a range of factors.

For smaller churches, this could be quite a simple document setting out the roles and responsibilities for managing health and safety, as well as highlighting the arrangements you have put in place to prevent danger from common hazards.

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For larger or very active churches with significant numbers of employees, volunteers and visitors or where there are many diverse activities – the document will need to be more detailed to reflect this.

Of course, simply preparing a policy won’t prevent accidents on its own, but it will help as a starting point making clear what you intend to do to prevent them.

Want to know more? 

More general information about health and safety in churches is available here or you can contact our Risk Management Advice Line by calling 0345 600 7531 (Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17:00 - excluding Bank Holidays) or email risk.advice@ecclesiastical.com.
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