HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY
HARTPURY METHODIST CHURCH
General Statement of Policy
Our policy, so far as it is reasonably practicable, is to provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work for our employees, casual labour and voluntary helpers
We will also endeavour to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of all members of the congregation, contractors, visitors and others who may visit the church, hall, grounds and any associated buildings.
The allocation of duties for safety matters and the particular arrangements which we will make to implement the policy are set out below.
Organisations and responsibilities
Responsibility of the Church Council
Overall responsibility for health and safety is that of the Church Council. It is therefore its responsibility to ensure that the health and safety policy is implemented It shall therefore
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.
(Implementation of the Policy)
This section sets out our arrangements to minimise as far as is reasonably practicable risks to the health and safety of employees, voluntary workers, members of the congregation, visitors and contractors,
1. ACCIDENTS AND FIRST AID
First Aid Box/first aid blanket/accident book
All accidents and incidents must be entered in the accident book. First Aid kits should be stored in an area where conditions will not readily contribute to their deterioration and checked on a regular basis.
2. GENERAL FIRE SAFETY
Our responsibility is to undertake the following:
If you discover a fire (no matter how small)
3. ELECTRICAL SAFETY
At regular intervals, plugs, cables and sockets will be inspected to ensure there are no loose connections, worn flexes or trailing leads.
4. CENTRAL HEATING
Oil fired/Gas/Electric Central Heating to be checked annually
5. HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES
6. SAFETY OF MACHINERY
7. SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS (conditions of floors, steps and path)
In order to reduce, as far as is reasonably practicable the risk of slips, trips and falls, regular inspections will be made of all floors, and all paths and steps to the grounds.
In order that the Church, Hall and adjacent rooms are adequately lit, regular inspections will be carried out to ensure that all lights in the Church premises and grounds are working and bulbs replaced as necessary. The necessary safety precautions will be followed for replacing bulbs at high levels.
9 WORKING AT HIGH LEVELS
Only approved contractors or competent volunteers may work at high levels subject to the necessary safety provisions being in place.
10 PREPARATION OF FOOD
We ensure that we follow the appropriate regulations governing the preparation and storage of foodstuffs including storage at correct temperatures.
Anyone entering the church premises for the purposes of carrying out work, other than an employee or voluntary worker of the church, will be regarded as a contractor. All contractors, should: