Health, Safety & Security

Due care is required to provide a safe environment for all those visiting a church and its grounds whether for worship, pleasure or work. 

In the event of any queries or uncertainty, please contact the DAC Secretary by email at:, telephone: 01709 309121 or contact your local insurance representative. Always inform the police if you see anything that raises concern.

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.


  • 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.

  • 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

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 Risk Assessments, sources of help

Fire Risk Assessment Form - Template to complete

Fire – Insurance Guidance Note



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

Church Security Advice including Arson, Alarms, Safes and Floodlighting

Keeping Your Church Open

Personal Safety Plan

General Security Advice Flow Chart

Terrorism Prevention Checklist