As a community of people committed to the Gospel, it is important for us to work together to demonstrate the duty of care that we have to one another and to all who come afresh to our community, whether that be in parish, school or other Diocesan service of facility.
We have a framework of support and guidance to help all clergy, paid staff and volunteers to carry out our roles in the service and protection of others to the highest professional standards.
This policy outlines the commitment of me and my fellow Trustees to the health, safety and welfare of our Diocesan community. Guidelines are provided to explain the expectations of the Diocese of all those who work in it and to outline how the duty of care is discharged.
Treating all members of the Church with respect, care and kindness is an intrinsic aspect of this duty of care - a duty that I urge all to embrace and demonstrate.
I am grateful to those who have drawn up this policy and I ask everyone to support it and those tasked with the management of health and safety in the Diocese.
Rt. Rev. Richard Moth
Bishop of Arundel & Brighton
General Statement of Policy
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel & Brighton (The Employer & Responsible Person) aims via this Health and Safety Policy to protect all those members of the congregation, visitors and others who may be affected by our activities and to secure the health, safety and welfare of everybody who visits our premises or who work for us in either a paid or voluntary capacity.
We do this for the sake of the common good and the coming of the kingdom of God.
Our general statement of policy is to:
- Seek to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of all members of the congregation, visitors and others who may use our parishes and other associated buildings.
- Seek to provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our work activities.
- Consult with our clergy, employees and volunteers and other relevant persons on matters affecting their health and safety.
- Provide information, instruction and supervision for our clergy, employees and volunteers.
- Seek to ensure that clergy, employees and volunteers are competent to undertake the tasks expected of them or provide access to suitable competence and training where necessary.
- Seek to ensure that all hazardous substances are handled and used safely.
- Provide and maintain safe plant and equipment.
- Seek to maintain a healthy and safe environment for all those who use our facilities.
- Do all that is reasonable to prevent accidents and work related ill health.
- Monitor health and safety continuously and to review this policy, organisation and arrangements for implementation in the light of any changes.
In turn, all those who undertake work for the Diocese, whether they are clergy, employees, volunteers or contractors, are expected to act responsibly, to prevent injury to themselves and others, and to co-operate with us in all matters relating to health, safety and the environment.
The Right Reverend Richard Moth
Bishop of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton Date: January 2016
Full Policy and Guidelines
To access the full Health and Safety Policy and Guidelines Document, please click here.