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Care of Churches

Health and Safety

Churches are subject to a whole range of health & safety legislation, including:

  • Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974
  • Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006
  • Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) Regulations 2001
  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999
  • Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
  • Safe use of Lifting Equipment, Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
  • Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995
  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • Work at Height Regulations 2005
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007

Extensive guidance on health and safety for churches (including templates for health and safety policies) may be found on the Ecclesiastical Insurance website www.ecclesiastical.com (go to 'insurance' then 'church insurance' then 'church health and safety').

Further information

Churchcare www.churchcare.co.uk

Health & Safety Executive www.hse.gov.uk