Health & Safety

It is important to make sure that people who use churches, church halls, churchyards and other parish buildings, can visit and work in a safe environment. The topics below are intended to help parishes understand how they can incorporate heath & safety into their normal working practices and to understand the legislation that applies to their buildings.

General Health & Safety
The Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (EIG) has a range of information on church health & safety on its website. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) also produce a wide variety of guides. Click on the links below to go to the websites:
EIG Church Health & Safety
HSE Home Page

Risk Management & Assessment
It is good practice to assess and control any risks to people using your parish buildings or to those who are involved in their maintenance and upkeep. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (EIG) have produced a wide range of guidance on this subject. Click on the links below to go to their websites:
EIG Risk Management
HSE Risk Management Website

Fire Safety
The Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (EIG) has a range of information on fire in churches on its website. Likewise, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have produced a wide range of guidance on this subject. Click on the following links to visit these websites:
EIG Fire in Churches Guidance
HSE Fire Safety

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has extensive information on managing and working with asbestos. Two short guides from the Church in Wales (CiW) and the HSE are available below, as is a link to the HSE Asbestos website:
CiW Guidance on the Management of Asbestos
HSE Managing Asbestos in Buildings: A Brief Guide
Click here to go to the HSE Asbestos Health & Safety Website

Ladders, Stepladders and Working at Height
Contrary to popular belief, ladders can still be used for working at height providing this is done in an appropriate and safe way. It is also important that you select the right type of ladder or stepladder for the job and conduct a risk assessment before you start any work. In some cases the use of a ladder or step ladder may not be possible and you will need to consider using another piece of equipment, such as a access platform or cherry picker. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (EIG) have produced a range of advice about working at height which can be accessed by clicking on the links below:
HSE Guide: Safe Use of Ladders & Stepladders
HSE: Working at Height
EIG: Working at Height

Construction Safety
It is vital that building projects are conducted safely. Construction Health and Safety is governed by the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015. These regulations set down procedures for the planning and management of the safety issues of building projects. You should ask your professional adviser’s advice on whether your project is likely to fall within these Regulations and, if it does, how the Regulations can be complied with. See the guidance botes below for more information:
Church Building Projects and Safety: Guidance Note
HSE Short Guide to CDM Regulations 2015