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Risk Assessment for Opening Church Buildings to the Public V10

CofE

 

 

Risk Assessment Template for Opening Church Buildings to the Public

Risk Assessment Template for Opening Church Buildings to the Public

Version Control

 Issue Date

 

Version Number

Issued by

 

10

The House of Bishops COVID-19 Recovery Group

Church:

St. Clement’s, Spotland

Assessor’s name: PCC

Date completed:

 2nd August 2021

Review date:

 22nd September 2021

Event or service this assessment relates to:

Church Service

Risk

Controls to consider (delete or detail as appropriate to your location and event)

Additional information

Action by whom?

Completed – date and name

Aerosol & droplet transmission of Covid-19

Increase ventilation by opening doors during services

 

Warden

 
 

Put in place measures to facilitate social distancing by choice. Left hand side of church to be used for social distancing

 

Sylvia Barlow to make a sign to indicate

Sylvia Barlow

 

Singing by congregation – 2 hymns (at beginning and end of service)

 

Martin Coupe

weekly

 

Use of current shortened version of Order of Services to continue

   

Review 22.09.21

 

Wearing of masks is now an individual decision. Visiting clergy to choose whether and when to wear a mask. Will be asked to wear a mask during the administration of Holy Communion or as the minister feels appropriate

 

Warden to discuss with visiting clergy

Each Sunday prior to service

Surface transmission of Covid-19

Provide adequate hand sanitiser stations – at entrance and in the aisle before chancel steps

Sanitiser before chancel steps for use prior to receiving communion

Procurement by warden

Warden each Sunday

Risk

Controls to consider (delete or detail as appropriate to your location and event)

Additional information

Action by whom?

Completed – date and name

 
 

Good hygiene and cleaning of the building

See advice on cleaning church buildings

Mary Pountain

Weekly

Consider hygiene around shared items such as service books and hymn books that are used by multiple people

Books to be left on pews and then collected & boxed for 7 days

Warden

Weekly

Continue to provide single use sheets for shortened service and request that people take these home with them for disposal.

Readers to be provided with single use sheets, the lectionary will be removed from the eagle

Collect from table in church hall

Doreen Parkins

Weekly

In toilet facilities, ensure an adequate supply of soap and disposable hand towels and a bin for disposal are available

 

Mary Pountain

Weekly

Ensure all waste receptacles have disposable liners to reduce the risk of those responsible for removing them

 

Mary Pountain

weekly

Visitors are unclear on requirements for attending church or visiting the building for other purposes, or anxious about attending

Display NHS Track and Trace QR and provide sign in forms

Consult advice on Track and Trace

NB. This is voluntary

   

Update website with information for visitors

 

Warden

 

Exchanging signs of Peace – wave. Congregation to remain where seated and not move around church

     

Risk

Controls to consider (delete or detail as appropriate to your location and event)

Additional information

Action by whom?

Completed – date and name

Cleaning the church after known exposure to someone with Covid-19 symptoms

Church to remain closed for 48 hours and then a deep clean must be carried outPublic

Follow Public Health England guidance

Mary Pountain

 

Potential transmission of Covid-19 during administration of Holy Communion

Wearing of masks by congregation is voluntary. President to be asked to wear a mask during the administration of communion or as the minister feels appropriate

 

Warden to discuss with clergy

 
 

Good hygiene practices to be used when preparing sacraments

 

Clergy, Warden

 
 

Small wafers to be used

 

Clergy, Warden

 
 

Holy Communion to be distributed from just in front of the chancel steps

 

Clergy

 
 

Hand sanitiser available in aisle before chancel steps for sanitising by communicants prior to receiving sacrament

 

Warden

 

Risk

Controls to consider (delete or detail as appropriate to your location and event)

Additional information

Action by whom?

Completed – date and name

 

Words of distribution ‘The body and blood of Christ’ to be spoken once to all

 

Clergy

 
 

Sacrament to be small wafers only and not sharing the chalice

 

Clergy

 

Transmission of Covid-19 during the provision of refreshments after service

Tea and coffee to be served in beakers. Sugar available in sachets. Biscuits to be wrapped biscuits only. Everyone to use a separate teaspoon.

 

Servers (volunteers)

Weekly

 

All tables to be wiped down with anti-bacterial wipes after use and tables to be kept distanced

 

Servers (volunteers)

Weekly

 

Servers may choose to wear a mask

 

Servers (volunteers)

Weekly



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