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How good is your health and safety knowledge?

Trustees and members of the clergy have a responsibility to ensure that their churches and other buildings comply with health and safety legislation. But just how much do you know about current health and safety legislation?

Grab a paper and pen and test yourself with the questions below.

Take our quiz

1. If one of your employees is injured in the course of their duties and is absent from work as a consequence, after how many days’ absence should you notify the Enforcing Authority?

2. What is the minimum number of fire extinguishers a church should have?

3. How frequently does Ecclesiastical recommend a church’s portable electrical equipment is tested for safety?

4. Is it compulsory for a church to have a lightning conductor fitted?

5. What is a hot work permit?

6. What is the most common cause of fire in churches?

7. What does legislation say should be placed beneath an external oil tank with a capacity of more than 200 litres?

8. How regularly should fire extinguishers be inspected?

9. What is the minimum number of stewards who should accompany guests touring the church’s tower?

10. At work, the law says that ladders should be used to work at heights only when the job is low risk and of ‘short duration’.  What is meant by 'short duration'?

11. Should you have arrangements in place for clearing snow from paths at your church?

12. What are the minimum first aid provisions for your church?

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc (EIG) Reg No 1718196. Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc (EIO) Reg No 24869. Ecclesiastical Life Ltd (ELL) Reg No 243111. Ecclesiastical Financial Advisory Services Ltd (EFAS) Reg No 2046087. Ecclesiastical Underwriting Management Ltd (EUML) Reg No 2368571. E.I.O. Trustees Ltd Reg No 941199. EdenTree Investment Management Ltd (EIM) Reg No 2519319. All companies are registered in England at Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1JZ. EIO and ELL are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 113848 (EIO) and 110318 (ELL). EFAS and EIM are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Firm Reference Number 126123 (EFAS) and 527473 (EIM). EUML is an appointed representative of EIO who is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 402228.