Health, Safety & Security

Health, safety, security and terrorism advice

Due care is required to provide a safe environment for all those visiting a church and its grounds whether for worship, pleasure or work. Up to date risk assessments and common sense policies are essential to ensure the safety of all those using a church and for the building and contents. For example, never work alone in a church building, always have access to a mobile phone or landline, make sure someone knows you are there and for how long. All policies should widely available and kept up to date so that anyone using the building knows how to react in an emergency.

In the event of any queries contact your insurer or local police force. If material changes to your church are suggested, please contact the DAC for advice. Always inform the police if you see anything that raises concern.

  • Record all incidents - under the 1995 Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations, you must complete the statutory accident book and report incidents to the Local Environmental Health Department.

  • Write everything down - including statements from witnesses, where possible.

  • Appoint a health and safety sub-committee, including a member with specific responsibility for health and safety, who will ensure that risk assessments and procedures are followed. Make health and safety a regular agenda item at your PCC meetings.

 

Health & Safety General

Carry out regular risk assessments of each activity and part of the church.

Write a health and safety policy - it's your responsibility to show you have adequate arrangements in place.

Health and Safety Policies for Churches

Health and Safety Self Assessment Form

Health & Safety Policy - Template to complete (EIG)

Installing a community defibrillator (AEDs)

 

Fire

Ensure all equipment is regularly tested, fire-runs are identified and kept clear

Fire Risk Assessments, sources of help

Fire Risk Assessment Form - Template to complete

Fire – Insurance Guidance Note

 

Accidents

Record all incidents - under the 1995 Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations, you must complete the statutory accident book and report incidents to the Local Environmental Health Department.

Write everything down - including statements from witnesses, where possible

Accident and Witness Report Form

Checklist to Avoid Slips, Trips & Falls

Health & Safety Assessment Form for Churches and Church Halls

Letting of Church Premises

 

Disability Access Advice

Access to Historic Buildings

Disabilities – providing for people with

Disabled Access Audit

 

Working with Food

Food Allergens

Food Allergens Display Poster

Food Hygiene Checklist

Foodbanks Guidance Notes

 

Security in Churches

The Church of England has put up a new webpage, Safety and security in church buildings. It is mainly a list of publicly available resources to help prevent and minimise the impact of attacks or hate crimes and is relevant to church buildings generally, not just to C of E ones.

 

  • Run, Hide, Tell: information about what to do in the event of an incident: resources include a leaflet and an information film.
  • CitizenAID: resources for the general public to be prepared in the event of an attack: particularly focused on how to react following an incident in order to protect yourself and help save lives of others affected.
  • Action Counters Terrorism: the campaign, 'Make nothing happen', focuses on the critical role the public can play in defeating terrorism.
  • National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO): the latest guidance includes a section (page 19) on places of worship. The introduction says: 'This guide is intended to give protective security advice to those who are responsible for security in places of worship. It is aimed at those places where there may be a risk of a terrorist attack either because of the nature of the place of worship or the number of people who congregate in it. The guide seeks to reduce the risk of a terrorist attack and limit the impact an attack might cause.'
  • Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure: the Centre provides resources, guidance and expert advice to help protect and keep businesses secure from external threats: its latest guidance note was published following the London Bridge and Borough Market attack.
  • CSSC - helping businesses to remain safe: the Cross-sector Safety & Security Communications (CSSC) hub is a partnership between law enforcement agencies, local and national government organisations and private sector businesses which aims to help businesses remain safe and secure by providing information that will assist them to develop robust resilience and emergency preparedness plans. Currently operational in London, Scotland and the Eastern Region, it is set to expand across the UK in the future.

 

Other sources of advice

Church Security Advice including Arson, Alarms, Safes and Floodlighting

Keeping Your Church Open

Personal Safety Plan

General Security Advice Flow Chart

Terrorism Prevention Checklist