Every employer is required to make ‘a suitable and sufficient’ assessment of the risks to both their employees and others who come into contact with your place of worship.
Self-employed people, such as members of the clergy must assess the risks to their own health and others.
What is a risk assessment?
A risk assessment is simply a careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people, so that you can decide whether you have taken enough precautions or whether you should do more.
Risk Assessments should be made and significant findings recorded
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has guidance available as to what may need to be risk assessed and how to complete risk assessments.
It is advisable to ensure that the risk assessments are full and consider risks that are reasonably foreseeable, even if they are unlikely.
In the event of an accident that requires HSE or Local Authority investigation your risk assessments are likely to come under scrutiny. It is therefore advisable to constantly review your risk assessments and ensure they are up to date.
The HSE has published a useful five steps to risk assessment leaflet'
Please explore the risk assessment section of the website to find areas and risk assessments to be considered for your health and safety policy. Every place of worship is different and you will need to think through the hazards and controls required for your church and any activities you undertake.