Parish of Prestbury – Health and Safety Policy
General Statement of policy
Our policy, so far as 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, and to provide such information, training and supervision as they need for this purpose.
We will also endeavour to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of all members of the congregations, contractors, visitors and others who may visit our churches, churchyard, church field and any associated buildings.
The allocation of duties for safety matters and the particular arrangements that we will make to implement the policy are set out below.
The policy will be kept up to date, particularly in the light of any changes to our buildings or activities. To ensure this, the policy and the way in which it has operated will be reviewed annually and the appropriate changes made.
In order to ensure that health and safety matters are kept constantly under review, an item on health and safety will be on the agenda for all meetings of the Parochial Church Council and the Fabric Committee and employees and voluntary workers will be consulted on a regular basis in order to seek their views on health and safety matters.
Organisation and responsibilities
1. Responsibility of the Rector
Overall responsibility for health and safety is that of the Rector, who will ensure that arrangements are in place to satisfy health and safety regulations and appropriate Codes of Practice. Specific responsibilities may be delegated to church personnel. As new projects emerge, the names of responsible persons will be notified and the list amended accordingly.
2. Responsibility of the Churchwardens
Responsibility to ensure that the arrangements outlined in this policy are
carried out and updated as necessary is with the Churchwardens as noted below:
3. Responsibility of the Parochial Church Council
The Parochial Church Council has general responsibility to ensure that the health and safety policy is implemented.
4. Responsibility of the Health and Safety Officer
The following people carry the responsibility for the day-to-day
implementation of the arrangements outlined in this policy:
The responsibility of the health and safety officer shall be to:
5. Responsibility of employees and voluntary workers
All employees and voluntary workers 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.
Checklist for implementation of the policy
7th December 2016, amended 15 June 2018
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