Health and Safety – self-assessment for churches
How safe is your Methodist church? Risks at your church can cause damage or injury but self-assessment can help you identify and mitigate those risks.
Slips and trips are a common causes of accidents in Methodist churches. Many may only cause minor injuries, but others can be severe and in some cases even disabling.
Managing slips and trips at your church is therefore an important part of your duty of care for staff, volunteers and visitors. Slip and trip hazards should be reviewed in the church or halls as well as outdoors including any car parks and pathways on the church grounds.
Slips can occur in wet or contaminated conditions linked to bad weather or spillages. Trips can be caused by worn or uneven paths, steps, floor coverings (e.g. defective carpets) or cables trailing across the floor.
Generally, simple precautions can make a significant difference. Good practice includes ensuring spillages are cleaned up promptly so people do not slip, or that there are no trailing electrical cables presenting a trip hazard.