Bell ringing

Due to the motion involved, bell ringing could cause repetitive strain injury or other associated problems from manual handling.

You should consider undertaking a risk assessment of the activity and understand the risks posed. Inform those involved of safe methods of work and it would be good practice to assess whether those participating are capable of undertaking the task.

It may be safer to leave bells in the “down” position when the bells are not being rung, your risk assessment is likely to assist you in understanding safe working practises for your equipment.

Consider:

  • safe means of escape from the bell tower by ringers, or visitors, including young people and children;
  • evacuation of an injured person;
  • safe heating;
  • firefighting equipment;
  • emergency lighting.

Having considered all this, you need to inform your regular and existing bell ringers about your safety procedures by providing notices in the tower, signage to assist escape and training on fire safety.

Consideration should also be given to noise, it would be best practice to keep bell ringing practice to an agreed schedule at a set time, thereby becoming routine for local residents.

For more information please visit the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers website www.cccbr.org.uk