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Church Health and Safety

Keeping all those involved with your church and its activities safe is very important. Nobody wants to see anyone suffer an injury, so it is important that your church has taken steps to protect users of your building.

You may also have to comply with relevant legal requirements, including the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This applies to any organisation that has at least one employee, including a church.  

All of this can seem a bit daunting when starting from scratch, so we’ve developed these pages to help you. They provide a range of information and templates to help you get started or check the adequacy of what you already have in place.

Take a look at our short video below for more information on church health and safety, along with advice on how to get started.

Even if you do not have employees, it is important to take precautions to manage any risks at your church as some aspects of health and safety law may still apply. For example, if you control non-domestic premises such as 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.  

You should also remember that if you own or control premises, you might still have to complete detailed risk assessments for certain hazards, such as asbestos.

How safe is your church? 

To help you decide what you need to do, why not work through our self-assessment template available on our self assessment page . These will identify some of the steps you might need to take to manage health and safety properly. It will also pinpoint some of the more common hazards where further action may be necessary. 

Want to know more?

Download our simple guide to managing health and safety in churches or contact our Risk Management Advice Line on 0345 600 7531 (Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17:00 - excluding Bank Holidays) or email risk.advice@ecclesiastical.com.
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