Page |1 2nd DRAFT Risk Assessment All Saints Church, Carshalton Ponds Date: Review date: April 2015 April 2014 Hazard or activity EXAMPLE Entrance steps Risk Slippery when wet INTERIOR Interior of building: Slips, trips, falls, floor and steps sharp edges Bell tower Choir steps Tower Who may be affected All users of building All users Infirm users Trip hazards Members of Congregation falling (in particular vunerable members – elderly and children) Anyone – particularly those unsteady on their feet Falls/trips on steps Bellringers, staff, volunteers, visitors Risk Level Severity/fr equency (L/M/H) What are we already doing? Preventative measures required When By whom Anti slip treads applied Put up sign. Light up at night Nov 13 JSC Warnings on website Ensure floor services are in good condition – Quinquennial inspection L L/H Warnings on website that there is no supervision of children by church volunteers If we see something dangerous we warn parent or individual Remove any trip hazards Create lines on the steps (eg using adhesive tape) regular walk throughs to assess L/L signs Put up notice making choir spiral staircase and towers out of bounds unless supervision agreed Written procedure required for visitors No children unless pre-arranged and supervised Put in locks and authorized personnel signs. Page |2 Ladders Falls/moving ladders In particular: when changing light bulbs, adjusting altar, curtains/screens, putting up Christmas tree Anyone using ladder Sacristan H/M Employing suitably trained and experienced staff Observe Working at Height regulations (does this affect us?) Ensure someone else in in building when using a ladder Ensure ladders are in good order Personal safety (lone working regulations) Harm from intruder, injury to self M/L Keep doors locked where possible Keep mobile phone available Let others know you are there Manual handling Personal injury when moving staging, piano, benches, stacked chairs etc. Clergy, anyone in the building alone Staff and volunteers - Shock from electrical equipment - Injury in store room/boiler room Anyone using equipment L/L Monitoring by users Ensure trailing cables safely secured Regular monitoring/tidying of store rooms PAT testing for all portable appliances (who does this) FAT testing for fixed electrical appliances – regular inspections Develop scheme for labelling No enclosed reel extensions allowed. Faulty electrical equipment being brought in by outside users Anyone L Employing suitably trained and experienced staff Advise outside users they must ensure their equipment has been tested ELECTRICAL Electrical appliances, equipment, trailing cables (see note 1 below) Electrical L Manual handling training and awareness Ensure volunteers do not try to move objects which are too heavy Page |3 Chemicals, hazardous substances (see note 2 below) Accidental ingestion Burns Children, vulnerable adults L Using childproof containers Using domestic familiar products Biological Risk of bacterial contamination All L/L Keep bread/wine in airtight containers. Wine is fortified Keep containers clean – communion vessels washed after services Burials – law and good practice followed Refreshments served and consumed on day only (provided by congregation – biscuits prepackaged) Boiling water (see note 3 below) Burns Volunteers making drinks or using water boiler M/M Sign to warn users of hot water Use trolley Responsible adults only Pots designed for purpose Training made available and instruction sheet produced. Candles could cause fire Vestments catching light Candles being knocked over Congregation Servers fully trained not to tilt Use of lighters not matches Oil candles to avoid wax dripping Fire extinguisher Improving best practice – use of votive candles Supervision of children Training for fire extinguisher – check water/foam Review fire extinguisher provision now we have switched to oil FIRE SAFETY Fire safety Store hazardous substances out of reach and/or sight – in South Porch cupboard. Always keep them in original container with manufacturer’s instructions INSTRUCTION sheet for use of cleaning substances to be produced. Instructions for cleaning/storage produced. Page |4 EVACUATION Terrorist threat Fabric Fire Congregation or public event l/l Clergy/ churchwardens/sidesperson stop the service – sweep through church (without risk) Slips, trips, falls All users L Ensure external lighting is adequate Ongoing project to widen paths Churchyard maintenance Personal injury L Public performance events Need to evacuate rapidly Staff and volunteers working in churchyard All users EXTERIOR Exterior of building: steps, uneven paths Record the findings with the date, then update annually or as needed Record all incidents/accidents in the book which is located in the First Aid box Note down locations of fireextinguishers/produce laminated safety list of exits and locations of extinguishers. Raise to PCC whether candles should be moved away from lectern during children’s services. Evacuation plan – written procedure required with assembly point at church hill. Explain exit plan at start of event Ensure stewards are available Advise LB Sutton of any faults in pathways or trees Replace existing lamps with LED ones for maximum life Ensure staff member/volunteers adhere to H&S regulations Crowd control – good practice http://www.safelincs.co.uk/fireexit-help-and-information/ Page |5 Note 1 Electrical equipment and wiring The electrical wiring within the building will be inspected regularly. No person is to make any alterations to the electrical installation without prior agreement from the Rector. Portable and fixed electrical appliances will be maintained, inspected and tested routinely. Certificates of wiring inspections, alterations and Portable Appliance Test records will be kept in the Health & Safety File. Electrical equipment must be used safely, following the manufacturer’s instructions, taking care not to overload sockets and ensuring extension leads and cables do not cause a trip hazard. Electrical items brought into the church must be in good working order, and the current rating should be verified before use. Note 2 Chemicals Hazardous chemicals, identified by an orange warning symbol (COSHH) must remain their original container, be correctly stored in a secure cupboard, and used according to the manufacturers’ instructions. Note 3 First Aid First Aid kits are available in the rear sacristy. Only suitably competent persons should administer First Aid. The contents of the First Aid kits will be checked periodically. Any accidents or incidents must be recorded in the accident book. Note 4 Fire Extinguishers The Fire Extinguishers within the premises will be periodically examined and tested. Extinguishers should only be used by a competent person and must not be removed from their locations except in an emergency.