COVID 19 Risk Assessment

Towards Re-opening Church Buildings: Covid-19 Risk Assessment Checklist for Parish Churches

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Issue Date

Version Number

Issued by

22nd May 2020

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The House of Bishops Covid-19 Recovery Group

 

This document provides a template risk assessment, with links to the relevant advice notes. It relates to situations where there is limited access to church buildings the purposes of private prayer, livestreaming, construction, carrying out of contractual work, building maintenance and cleaning. This template relates exclusively to Covid-related risks, not general risks. If you would like more information about your responsibilities under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations then information and templates can be found on the HSE website.

 

A further version of this will be produced when small services such as weddings and funerals are allowed, then for private prayer, then for some form of public worship. At present no public access is permitted to church buildings under government guidance.

 

 

 

Risk assessment template

 

Area of Focus

Controls required

Additional information

Action by who?

Completed – date and name

Preparation of the Church for:

- private prayer and/or livestreaming by a single member of the clergy (and a member of their household if needed)

 

Advice on access for the clergy available here.

One point of entry to the church building clearly identified.

St Elizabeths has a rear fire escape door, but it is deemed as not safe for elderly and disabled parishioners so will not be used as an exit of entry point.  Exit and entry will be via the main front door, which will have a partition line on the floor to mark where entry and exit should be.

Catherine Jones(CJ)

Mike Whiting (MW)

 

 

A suitable lone working policy has been consulted

An example can be found here.  All volunteers will work in two’s

Parish Office

 

Buildings have been aired before use.

Open windows and doors before anyone arrives.

Volunteers who are manning church on the day of opening.

 

Check for animal waste and general cleanliness.

See the advice note on keeping church buildings clean.

Volunteers who are manning church on the day of opening.

 

 

 

Ensure water systems are flushed through before use.

                                                           

See Government Guidance for organisations on supplying safe water supplies

Volunteers who are manning church on the day of opening.

 

Switch on and check electrical and heating systems if needed.

 

Volunteers who are manning church on the day of opening.

 

Holy water stoups and the font are empty.

 

Catherine Jones(CJ)

Mike Whiting (MW)

 

 

Hand Sanitizer available and encouraged for all people entering and exiting church.

Provided by Parish Office (PO)

Hand Sanitizer bottle should be wiped down by volunteers with anti-bacterial wipe after each session.

Volunteers who are manning church on the day of opening.

 

Anti-bacterial wipes available for wiping down surfaces if touched by visitors or volunteers.

Provided by Parish Office (PO)

 

Volunteers who are manning church on the day of opening.

 

‘Do not Sit here’ signs placed on seats vacated by worshipers, to ensure there is no risk of cross contamination by a further worshiper sitting in the same space.

 

Volunteers who are manning church on the day of opening.

 

Once a worshipper has sat on a pew and left the seat, the pew will be sectioned off and not used by anyone else in that session.

 

Volunteers who are manning church on the day of opening.

 

Preparation of the Church for:

- construction workers and/or professional contractors

 

Advice on access for construction workers and advice on access for contractors available here.

Confirm that all steps (above) for access by clergy have been carried out before anyone else accesses the building.

 

N/A

 

Confirm that each contractor has carried out their own risk assessment (for themselves and their staff and sub-contractors) and has employers and public liability insurance in place.

Ensure they have included any work equipment, emergency equipment (such as fire extinguishers), ventilation systems and access routes.

N/A

 

Have hand sanitiser available for people to use on entry and exit of the church building.

Parish Buying will launch procurement routes for supplies for church use on 28th May.

N/A

 

Confirm who has responsibility for locking and unlocking the building.

 

N/A

 

Confirm whose responsibility it will be to carry out cleaning, including:

  • Toilets
  • Kitchen/servery areas if it is necessary for these to be used
  • Frequently touched surfaces e.g. doors

See the advice note on keeping church buildings clean.

N/A

 

Whoever has responsibility for toilets, ensure a supply of soap and disposable hand towels will be available.

 

N/A

 

Confirm who is responsible for removing potentially contaminated waste e.g. hand towels from the site.

 

N/A

 

All waste receptacles have disposable liners (e.g. polythene bin bags) to reduce the risk of those responsible for removing them being exposed

 

N/A

 

Prepare a suitable form to record contact details of people entering the building.

 

N/A

 

Confirm evacuation procedures in the case of an emergency.

 

N/A

 

Direct all users to leave the building by one exit only, avoiding bottlenecks.

 

N/A

 

Cleaning the church after general use (no known exposure to anyone with Coronavirus symptoms)

Check all cleaners are not in a vulnerable group or self-isolating.

 

Catherine Jones(CJ)

Mike Whiting (MW)

Parish Office (PO)

 

Check PCC/Chapter liability insurance is up to date.

 

Parish Office (PO)

 

All cleaners provided with gloves (ideally disposable) to protect their skin from exposure to cleaning materials.

Parish Buying will launch procurement routes for supplies for church use on 28th May.

Catherine Jones(CJ)

Mike Whiting (MW)

Parish Office (PO)

 

Suitable cleaning materials provided, depending on materials and if historic surfaces are to be cleaned.

See the advice note on keeping church buildings clean.

Catherine Jones(CJ)

Mike Whiting (MW)

Parish Office (PO)

 

Cleaning the church after known exposure to someone with Coronavirus symptoms

If possible close the church building for 72 hours with no access permitted.

 

Catherine Jones(CJ)

Mike Whiting (MW)

Parish Office (PO)

Rev’d Kaz Stanton (KS)

 

If 72-hour quarantine is not possible then follow Public Health England guidance on cleaning in non-healthcare settings.

Public Health England guidance available here.

Catherine Jones(CJ)

Mike Whiting (MW)

Parish Office (PO)

Rev’d Kaz Stanton (KS)

 

If the building has been quarantined for 72 hours, then carry out cleaning as per the normal advice on cleaning.

See the advice note on keeping church buildings clean.

Catherine Jones(CJ)

Mike Whiting (MW)

Parish Office (PO)

Rev’d Kaz Stanton (KS)