Workplace Health and Safety (WHS)
Fresh Hope believes that the way we care for our ministry teams, volunteers, members and visitors, is an expression of the love of God.
Wherever people connect with us in our church properties or wider ministry spaces they should feel confident that they are in a safe and caring environment. At Fresh Hope we can demonstrate our care for others by planning for, and addressing, those issues which may be harmful.
Protecting people from harm and injury
As a senior church leader, you have a legal duty of care to protect people from harm and injury. Ultimately, you are expected to do all that is reasonably practicable to ensure the health and safety of staff, volunteers and visitors including:
- providing safe equipment
- providing safe facilities and meeting spaces
- establishing safe work systems and processes
- training employees and volunteers in safe work practices
- providing support to help staff and volunteers maintain physical and mental health
- complying with legislative regulations under the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011
Local church WHS policy
To support our local churches, we have developed a WHS Policy Rules and Guidelines template that has basic some tools you can use to create a safe and healthy church environment.
This easy-to-follow guide can be easily adapted to your local church needs. We’ve also provided some guidance on how to use the policy template.
WHS areas covered in the template include:
- risk management
- manual handling
- WHS Training
- security, fire and other emergencies
- first aid
- accident and incident investigation
While every effort has been made to develop these guidelines in line with WHS legislation, you should seek specialist advice if you’re unsure about your WHS responsibilities.
Workplace health & safety resources
Recommendations on how churches can develop the WHS policy template for local needs
NSW Workplace Health and Safety regulator website provides WHS advice, resources and information about WHS legal obligations