- The parish of St Teilo’s with Our Lady of Lourdes is a part of the Archdiocese of Cardiff.
- The Archdiocese of Cardiff (the “Diocese“) is a charity registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales. Our charity number is 242380 and our registered address is 41-43 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9HD.
- The parish of St Teilo’s with Our Lady of Lourdes manages its Health and Safety arrangements in accordance with the Archdiocese of Cardiff – Health and Safety Policy and Guidelines
Parish Health and Safety Policy
Within the Archdiocesan Policy, the Parish general statement of Health and Safety policy is to:
- In so far as it is reasonably practicable, provide for the health, safety and welfare of all the Parish’s employees, volunteers and other relevant persons who carry out work for the Parish.
- In so far as it is reasonably practicable, provide for the health, safety and welfare of members of the Parish’s congregations, visitors and others who may use our premises or take part in the activities the Parish organises.
- Seek to identify the hazards and associated risks within the Parish’s premises and inherent in the Parish’s activities and provide practical, sensible and proportionate means to control these.
- Consult with the Parish clergy, employees and volunteers and other relevant persons on matters affecting their health and safety.
- Provide information, instruction and supervision for the Parish’s 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 change of circumstances.
In turn all those who undertake work for the Parish, 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.
Parish Fire Safety Policy
The Parish policy is to seek to fulfil our obligations under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. In order to achieve this, an assessment of the fire risks in the Parish’s premises and the risks to neighbouring premises will be carried out. Where necessary, appropriate corrective measures will be implemented.
In particular it is the Parish policy to seek to ensure that:
- Fire hazards are managed to avoid the risk of fire starting.
- In the event of fire starting there is a means of detection within a reasonable time and provision for people to be warned of danger.
- People who may be in the building(s) can get out safely.
- Those in the building(s) know what to do if there is a fire.
- Fire fighting equipment is provided which is appropriate to the type of fire anticipated and which is easily accessible, serviceable, and well maintained.
- Regular inspections and maintenance will be carried out to fire protection systems and equipment and records kept of such inspections and maintenance.
General Procedures for Fire Safety
- All designated fire exits MUST be capable of being opened immediately without the need for a key prior to our premises being occupied for work or prior to services or events in the Parish’s churches and church halls.
- Where occupancy of the building(s) exceeds 60 people in number, an alternative means of escape MUST be provided.
- Alternative fire exits will be clearly identified.
- All fire exits and escape routes will MUST be free from obstruction at all times when building(s) are occupied.
- Fire doors must not be propped open at any time and free to close normally.
- Persons in control of our premises are encouraged to establish emergency procedures for the safe evacuation of all occupants from their premises, to identify persons to assist with the implementation of emergency evacuation procedures and provide suitable and sufficient information, instruction and where necessary training to enable such persons to carry out their role effectively. This may involve the practicing of emergency evacuation procedures where appropriate.