Health and Safety Management Arrangements

St John the Baptist Parish Church, Pinner 

Policy

The health and safety policy is attached.  A copy will be displayed in the church porch and church hall and on the church website.

Organisation

Control and Accountabilities

The vicar and churchwardens are accountable for the safety of people who are employed by the PCC, and for ensuring that volunteers who lead particular activities are aware of their responsibilities and competent to discharge them. They are also responsible for ensuring that contractors are competent and briefed.

Employees are responsible for safety within their sphere of work. They discharge this by assisting in the preparation of risk assessments and ensuring that agreed precautions are implemented.

Volunteers who lead particular activities are responsible for ensuring health and safety within the activity. They discharge this by assisting in the preparation of risk assessments and ensuring that agreed precautions are implemented.

Competence

The vicar and churchwardens obtain health and safety advice as necessary, either from a qualified member of the congregation or by using a consultant.

Employees and volunteers will be given such briefing and training as is necessary to ensure competence.

Planning and Implementing

Risk assessment and implementation of precautions

A risk assessment will be undertaken for each major activity. A list of major activities is in appendix 1.

Employees and volunteers will assist in the preparation of risk assessments.

Principal precautions will be detailed within risk assessments.

The vicar and churchwardens will ensure that a master register of risk assessments is kept in the church office and ensure that employees and volunteers who lead activities have a relevant copy. Copies of risk assessments are available from the office.

Monitoring Performance

Inspections

The vicar and churchwardens will inspect the workplaces/activities of employees and voluntary leaders twice each year.

Investigations

Employees and voluntary leaders will report accidents and near misses to the churchwardens. The churchwardens will carry out investigations and ensure that a record is entered in the accident book. They will also ensure that reportable accidents/incidents are notified to the enforcing authority (London Borough of Harrow).

Review

The vicar and churchwardens will submit an annual report to the PCC at the meeting prior to the Annual Parochial Meeting. The safety policy and risk assessments will be reviewed every 2 years, or when there is a significant change in the activity concerned.

(Revised 1 November 2006) 

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