Safer Places of Worship


It is possible that some churches may still contain asbestos. It could be anywhere, but it is often found as insulation, lagging, fire protection or in wall and roof linings. It is also found in organ blower motor linings.

You must carry out an assessment and survey to find out if asbestos is present and record the location and condition of any asbestos. If you are not sure, you must presume that the material is asbestos.

Working with asbestos often requires a licence or notification to the appropriate authority. It is strongly advised that only licensed persons engage in any work involving asbestos.

Failure to implement any changes or work recommended by an inspector can leave an organisation potentially liable to civil or indeed criminal action.

You need to prepare a management plan to ensure the asbestos either remains safely on your premises or can be safely removed, which should include an emergency plan should the asbestos become unsafe.

For more information visit the asbestos section of the HSE website