Whether the event is small scale or large scale, indoors or outdoors, the organiser has a duty to plan, manage and monitor the event to make sure that workers and the visiting public are not exposed to health and safety risks.
Usually the health and safety issues around a church event are not complicated and a list of possible hazards can be found below.
The HSE has drawn up a useful document on running an event safely in which it divides the task into 4 steps:
- getting started,
- managing an event,
- after an event,
- planning for incidents & emergencies
The HSE document is available here.
Hazards associated with running events
Items in blue link to more detailed guidance.
- Accidents requiring medical attention
- Confined Spaces
- Crowd Control
- Emergency egress
- Event & Production Equipment
- Food hygiene
- Inadequate lighting
- Inclement weather
- Lost children
- Manual handling
- Rescue plans
- Staff and Volunteer Safety
- Transport and Traffic Management
- Use of Portable tools
- Violence to attendees or staff
- Welfare (particularly the safeguarding of children attending or participating)