Church Safety Statement
A Safety Statement sets out how you will protect employees, volunteers and visitors who use your church.
What is a Safety Statement
A Safety Statement is usually a written document which details your commitment to maintaining a safe environment for all those using your premises. It should also set out the responsibilities and arrangements for achieving this.
Who needs one?
Where you are an employer and have three or more employees or volunteers, you will need one in writing. Here, it must meet certain requirements. Any risk assessments you complete will help inform what needs to be included. The Safety Statement will need to be revised periodically and communicated to all employees (and volunteers if you have them).
If you have fewer than three employees or volunteers, you do not need to do this. However, you should still provide basic health and safety information for them.
If you have no employees or volunteers at all, you are under no obligation to prepare a Safety Statement.
However, you still have a ‘duty of care’ to protect others from danger. In such circumstances where there is an accident and a claim results, you may need to show that you have taken this seriously.
Here, simple evidence briefly outlining how health and safety is managed or the safety checks that you make could help defend a claim. However, this paperwork should not be confused with preparing a written safety Statement where you are an employer. This documentation is not the same.
What needs to be included in the Safety Statement?
- A general statement, dated and signed, usually by a member of the Select Vestry
- Details of the responsibilities for managing health and safety and those who hold them
- Details of any specific arrangements setting out what will be done practically.