Health and Safety
The health and safety considerations of projects.
Information about Health and Safety matters can be found at www.churchcare.co.uk and www.hse.gov.uk
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Construction Regulations 2007
Smokefree regulations 2007
Fire Safety Order 2005
Work at Height Regulations 2005 (updated Jan 2014)
Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
Control of Pollution Regulations 2001
Duties under the Act are placed on 'Service Providers', which include churches, and the Act replaces most of the Disability Discrimination Act. For details please see:
Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
The Regulations came into force on 6 April 2012. They revoke and re-enact, with some modifications, the 2006 Regulations and impose a "duty to manage" asbestos in all non-domestic buildings (including churches) and the common areas of domestic buildings. The duty to manage applies to anyone who owns a building,is responsible through a contract or tenancy agreement, has control of the building but no formal contract or agreement or, in a multi-occupancy building, is the owner and has taken responsibility for maintenance and repairs for the whole building. The Health and Safety Executive has updated its guidance: "Managing Asbestos in Buildings" to reflect changes made by the 2012 Regulations.
Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015
New regulations came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing the 2007 regulations. All parties, from the client to the contractor (including architects, surveyors and consultants) have a legally binding role to play; the "principal designer" is charged with ensuring the regulations are implemented fully and correctly and the client has legal obligations too
FULL DETAILS of the regulations are available at
A summary of duties is available at
From 1 July 2007, virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in England will become smokefree. The new law is being introduced to protect employees and the public from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.
The new smokefree law will apply to virtually all ‘enclosed’ and ‘substantially enclosed’ public places and workplaces. This includes both permanent structures and temporary ones such as tents and marquees, and includes churches, places of worship and church/parish halls. For detailed guidance on the Smokefree Regulations 2007, click here.
The Church of England and other Churches have mounted a campaign for exemption for churches from the need to display smokefree signs. If your PCC feels that it ought to be preparing to meet the provisions of the Act now, rather than awaiting the outcome of the campaign, it suggested that only temporary signs are used at the entrances to churches. A ‘No Smoking’ sign can be downloaded for printing here.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which brings together and modifies existing Fire Safety provisions came into effect in October 2006. Churches and church halls are brought under the new legislation as ‘places of public assembly’; there are no exceptions. Outdoor activities also count as public assemblies and appropriate fire safety measures must be taken.
The Order repeals previous legislation which means that churches must review their arrangements in the light of the new rules. The principle means of compliance with the Order is by ‘Fire Risk Assessment’ carried out by an appointed ‘Responsible Person’ and possibly one or more ‘Competent Persons’. Key points of the Act can be downloaded by clicking here.
The Regulations came into force on 6 April 2005 but were overhauled by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in January 2014 - details are available on their website (address given above) on the "Work at Height" page
The Regulations came into effect for new oil stores on 1 March 2002. Existing oil stores ‘at significant’ risk’ and all remaining existing oil stores have to comply from 1 September 2005. The Regulations apply to virtually all premises, including churches, where more than 200 litres of oil are stored and require owners of oil tanks to provide a secondary containment facility to prevent oil escaping into the environment. Further details can be downloaded by clicking here.
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