Risk assessments

Every employer is required to make ‘a suitable and sufficient’ assessment of the risks to both their employees and others who come into contact with your place of worship.

People that work remotely or in isolation, such as members of the clergy must assess the risks to their own health and others.

What is a risk assessment?

A risk assessment is simply a careful examination of your work, and what could cause harm to people, so that you can decide whether you have taken enough precautions or whether you should do more.

Risk assesments will need to be reviewed and be specific to the work being carried out.

By way of example, a risk assessment for a BBQ fundraising event will identify different hazards to those arising from operating a cafe.

Risk assessments should be undertaken and significant findings recorded.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has guidance available for what may need to be risk assessed and how to complete risk assessments.

It is advisable to ensure that the risk assessments are comprehensive and consider risks that are reasonably foreseeable, even if they are unlikely.

In the event of an accident that requires HSE or Local Authority investigation your risk assessments are likely to come under scrutiny. It is therefore advisable to constantly review your risk assessments and ensure they are up to date.

The HSE has published a useful risk assessment leaflet.

Please explore the risk assessment section of this website for areas and risk assessments to be considered for your health and safety policy. Every place of worship is different, and you will need to think through the hazards and controls required for your church and any activities undertaken.

If you have 5 or more employees (remember this can include volunteers) then you will need to have your risk assessments in writing.

Risk Assessments - record them and save them, even for one-off events