People, Safety & Liability
Your first concern is to provide a safe place for worship for your family and your guests, and a safe place for your employees to work. And while you conduct important ministries, you wish to protect your church from claims for injuries that occur despite your best intentions. In this section we will also cover Workers Compensation, OSHA and workplace safety
In Creating Safer Places for Ministry: People (Vol. 1 of the Insurance Board Loss Control Manual), we identify a comprehensive role for the Head Usher, whose duties are extended to the safety of all buildings and grounds. In the church environment, conditions which are hazards to the public are often the same for employees.
Training of employees is essential to success. Pay attention to the Related Link to Training Resources and explanation of how to gain access in Related Documents below. Churches, as employers and small businesses, also need to understand the basics of Workers Compensation law and benefits, which vary by state.
Process & Management
Loss Control Manual 1:
People Injury Prevention and Safety Training
Any Body, Everybody, Christ's Body A2A
A guide for congregations, associations, and conferences for becoming accessible to all.
Safety and Health Advice You Can Trust for Your Small Business
Pamphlet provided by OSHA
ADA implications for the Church
A general overview of what portions of the ADA applies to churches.
Creating an Alcohol Service Policy
Different things to consider when making an alcohol service policy.
Incident Reporting Form
Sample Incident Form
Building and Property Safety
Preventing Slips and Falls
Preventing Slips and Falls Through Effective Floor Care
Symptoms and preventative measures for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.
Lead Paint Safety
Lead Paint Safety packet from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Here are some good sense tips for safe use of the common hammer.
Felling Trees with a Chainsaw Safety Checklist
Checklist for Field Use
Snow Removal Tips
Snow Removal information including tips on working with contractors.
Dunk Tanks Sound Like Fun...
Here are some basic recommendations for churches that would like to use a dunk tank at a church event.
Things to consider if hosting a fireworks display.
Using Snowblowers Safely
The Toro Company offers these tips to keep you safe while clearing snow.
Crisis Prevention and Planning
A joint resource from UCC Disaster Ministries and the Insurance Board.
Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship
FEMA provides a format to generate an EOP for multiple possible disaster scenarios including Severe storm, earthquake, tornado, fire, hazardous materials incident and active shooter.
Tornado Safety Bulletin
Learn how to identify tornado danger signs and prepare before and during the storm to maximize your safety with this bulletin provided by Willis Towers Watson.
Personal Health and Safety
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
Back Injury Dos and Don'ts
Back injury Dos and Don'ts provided by the Hartford
Frostbite Vs. Hypothermia
Knowing the difference can save precious time in an emergency.
Learn how to prevent and recognize heat related illnesses and prepare for extended extreme heat.
Camp Employee Safety
Tips on establishing and following safety procedures for your camp staff.
Mission Trip Planning
This type of travel raises insurance concerns for several lines of coverage see how to plan here.