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Health & Safety Policy
Agreed at PCC meeting on 13 March 2017 and last updated on 12 September 2017
Signed Rev Bruce Goodwin Vicar
Signed David Gray Churchwarden
Signed Steve Hemmings Churchwarden
PART 1 – GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
Our policy so far as is reasonably practicable, is to provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work for all our employees, casual labour and voluntary helpers, and to provide such information, training and supervision as they need for this purpose.
We will also endeavour to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of all members of the congregation, contractors, visitors and others including children who may visit the Church, Orchard Rooms, and Churchyard.
The allocation of duties for safety matters and the particular arrangements which we will make to implement the policy are set out in Parts 2 and 3.
The policy will be kept up to date, particularly in the light of any changes to our buildings or activities. To ensure this, the policy and the way in which it has operated will be reviewed regularly and the appropriate changes made.
In order to ensure that health and safety matters are kept constantly under review, an item on health and safety will be on the agenda for all meetings of the Parochial Church Council, and sub-committees and employees and voluntary workers will be consulted on a regular basis, at least once every 5 years, in order to seek their views on health and safety matters.
This policy will be reviewed annually by the PCC.
SECTION 2 – ORGANISATION AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Overall responsibility for health and safety is that of the Vicar who will ensure that arrangements are in place to satisfy Health and Safety Regulations and appropriate Codes of Practice.
Specific responsibilities may be delegated to church personnel. As new projects emerge, the names of responsible persons will be notified and the list amended accordingly. When there is a Vacancy the overall responsibility is with the church wardens.
The church wardens and deputy wardens are responsible for ensuring that the arrangements outlined in this policy are carried out. This responsibility is delegated as follows: implementation of the Diocesan Safe & Sound Policy is delegated to the Child Protection Officer named in the Appendix; implementation of the Diocesan Policy on Vulnerable Adults is delegated to the Vulnerable Adults Protection Officer named in the Appendix.
The Parochial Church Council
It has general responsibility to ensure that the health and safety policy is implemented.
The Health and Safety Officer
The Health & Safety Officer named in the Appendix is an adviser on health & safety to the Church Wardens and the PCC and should be familiar with health and safety regulations that concern the church premises and with the Health &Safety Policy Arrangements.
As an adviser the Health & Safety Officer is responsible for:
Responsibility of Employees and Voluntary Workers
All employees and voluntary helpers have a responsibility to co-operate in the implementation of this Health and Safety Policy and to take reasonable care of themselves and others whilst on church business or premises.
Employees and voluntary workers responsibilities are:
SECTION 3 – HEALTH & SAFETY ARRANGEMENTS
a. Maintaining our buildings in good condition
b. Floors and steps will not have slips or trip hazards
c. Keeping our buildings clean and tidy
d. Providing adequate access and egress and safe means of escape
e. Providing adequate lighting
f. Emergency lighting will be tested monthly
g. Inspection of the electrical installations every 5 years
h. Annual maintenance of the gas boiler in the church by a Gas Safe Registered gas engineer
i. Providing adequate fire fighting equipment in each building and making sure it is maintained
j. Providing a fire safety manual in each building.
k. Fire emergency Procedures will be on display in each building
l. A first aid box will be provided in each building and the Accident Reporting Procedures will be on display.
We will ensure that the church yard is safe
This will be properly maintained including the condition of footpaths and the safety of monuments, tombstones and trees.
a. On discovery of fire immediately raise the alarm.
b. Only if it is only a small fire and time permits attempt to extinguish it using the nearest suitable extinguisher before leaving the building via nearest available fire exit.
c. On hearing that there is a fire everyone must immediately leave the building by the nearest available fire exit route and proceed to the assembly point.
d. Contact the Fire Brigade.
e. Do not re-enter building until told it is safe to do so by the fire brigade.
f. In each building the location of the nearest telephone, the fire exit routes and the assembly point are shown on the notice board
a. In the event of an accident there is a First Aid Box in each building and its location is shown on the notice board.
b. Details of all accidents resulting in injury or near misses that could have resulted in injury to be entered in the Accident Book which is located as shown on the notice board.
Current Holders of the Positions Referred to in Section 2
Vicar: Rev Bruce Goodwin
Church Wardens: Steve Hemmings & David Gray
Deputy Warden: Peter Holmes
Health & Safety Officer: Peter Holmes
Nominated Person for Child Protection: Karen Wilmot
Nominated Person for Protection of Vulnerable Adults: Jan Parry