Providing warm spaces
In response to the fuel crisis, many churches from all faiths are opening their buildings to provide a warm space to people experiencing fuel poverty.
Work equipment is machinery, appliances, apparatus, tools or installations for use at work (whether exclusively or not).
Depending on the type equipment, accidents can result in several ways. For example, from contact with moving parts, electrical failures and so on.
Most churches will only have simple equipment such as hand tools. It won’t present much of a risk if used and maintained properly. Other, larger churches may have more complex, ‘workshop-type’ equipment or lifting and access equipment (such as ladders) that could be more dangerous.
Generally, if you are providing equipment for use by others it must be safe. For example, you may have to make sure that equipment is:
You may have specific responsibilities if you have lifting equipment such as a passenger lift.
Also, if you are an employer, you will have more extensive duties as well.
Typical precautions include:
*This list is not exhaustive
For more information about work equipment, why not download our guide.