Advice from Baptist Insurance on staying safe in 2015
To help churches to stay safe in 2015 Baptist Insurance is sending monthly emails with handy tips about managing different risks
'Risk management is really just common sense,' says Kevin Thomas, Risk Control Manager, at Baptist Insurance.
When it comes to risk management these are the three key things to remember:
You have to make sure that people who work, volunteer or visit your church are reasonably protected
It’s about responding proportionally to the risks your church faces by balancing the risks and the benefits – for example, hiring a bouncy castle for the church fete might be fun for small children but as event organisers you have to assess the risk of possible injury and ways to reasonably reduce the risk to as low as practical.
It also means employees and volunteers at the church also have a duty to take responsibility for their own safety too.
Kevin added: 'It’s not about extra paperwork, or health and safety gone mad.
'The main thing you’ll need to do is carry out a Risk Assessment. That’s when you look around your church and its grounds to pinpoint any risks and take steps to address them such as displaying warning signs on slippery paths and walk ways.'
'The good news is', he continued, 'it’s very easy to take practical steps to protect people from real harm. You’ll find plenty of advice and information about how to stay safe in the Resources and Church Guidance sections of the Baptist Insurance website as well as template risk assessment forms that you can download and fill in.'
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