Welcome to April’s Work Health and Safety matters.
This month we want to remind congregations about first aid and getting ready for winter.
Does your church have adequate first aid kits available for those who use your church spaces? Have they been checked to ensure there are not out-of-date items in them? Are they easily accessible? If stored in a cupboard does the door have a sign on it showing that the first aid kit is stored in there? Do people in charge of activities know where the first aid kit is stored?
Each first aid kit must have a register available for people to document when they use the first aid kit and what has been used so that you have a record of any injuries sustained on church property and what has been used from the first aid kit so that it can be replaced as needed.
Getting ready for winter
Now is the time to get your church property ready for winter. If you have heaters that need cleaning or servicing now is the time to organise this. Filters should be cleaned regularly on heaters and if you have a wood heater in the church or manse these should be cleaned regularly also.
Check around windows and doors for any gaps that might need sealing to prevent drafts or heat escaping. Just a 5 minute walk around your church or manse property might save you a lot of money in heating bills over winter.
Don’t forget to check gutters and clean these so that water does not pool in them and drains away from your property easily.
Don’t forget that you can access the full yearly Work Health & Safety calendar here.
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