Private Prayer - Covid risk assessment

St Augustine Brookland

The bulk of the church will be cordoned off – with access only to aisle which will lead to 2 plastic chairs in front of altar. Only 1 person or family unit allowed in at any one time

Initially we will restrict opening for private prayer 2-4pm on Sat and Sun.

If we open up at other times – it will not coincide with School opening and closing times

The PCC decided it was too problematic to open up Fairfield for private prayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Area of Focus

Controls required

Additional information

Action by who?

Completed – date and name

Preparation of the Church for:

- private prayer and/or livestreaming by a single member of the clergy (and a member of their household if needed)

 

Advice on access for the clergy available here.

One point of entry to the church building clearly identified.

North Door entry only

Shuna Body (SB)

14.6.20

A suitable lone working policy has been consulted

An example can be found here.

SB Inform family member when I will be returning

ongoing

Buildings have been aired before use.

Church aired once a week

SB

weekly

Check for animal waste and general cleanliness.

Church checked once a week

SB

weekly

Ensure water systems are flushed through before use.

                                                           

Water taps in toilet and kitchen run once a week. Toilet flushed once a week

SB

weekly

Switch on and check electrical and heating systems if needed.

Not applicable

 

 

Holy water stoups and the font are empty.

Empty anyway

 

 

Preparation of the Church for:

- construction workers and/or professional contractors

 

Advice on access for construction workers and advice on access for contractors available here.

Confirm that all steps (above) for access by clergy have been carried out before anyone else accesses the building.

Yes

 

 

Confirm that each contractor has carried out their own risk assessment (for themselves and their staff and sub-contractors) and has employers and public liability insurance in place.

We are due for quinquennial work to be carried out. Whilst this is carried out there will be no public access at all

SB and churchwardens

Awaiting confirmation

Have hand sanitiser available for people to use on entry and exit of the church building.

Sanitiser and bacterial wipes have been purchased

SB

14.6.20

Confirm who has responsibility for locking and unlocking the building.

Cris Descher Churchwarden

Churchwarden or Parish Secretary(same family unit)

Weekends 2-4pm

Confirm whose responsibility it will be to carry out cleaning, including:

  • Toilets
  • Kitchen/servery areas if it is necessary for these to be used
  • Frequently touched surfaces e.g. doors

Toilets and kitchen will remain closed

 

 

Whoever has responsibility for toilets, ensure a supply of soap and disposable hand towels will be available.

Not applicable

 

 

Confirm who is responsible for removing potentially contaminated waste e.g. hand towels from the site.

Not applicable

 

 

All waste receptacles have disposable liners (e.g. polythene bin bags) to reduce the risk of those responsible for removing them being exposed

All bins have liners and will be emptied daily

Churchwarden

weekends

Prepare a suitable form to record contact details of people entering the building.

Form at entry of church

SB

when open for prayer and services

Confirm evacuation procedures in the case of an emergency.

Fire exits clearly marked

SB

14.6.20

Direct all users to leave the building by one exit only, avoiding bottlenecks.

Signage clearly visible

SB

14.6.20

Cleaning the church after general use (no known exposure to anyone with Coronavirus symptoms)

Check all cleaners are not in a vulnerable group or self-isolating.

Checked. No issues

SB

14.6.20

Check PCC/Chapter liability insurance is up to date.

Yes

Martin Mills (treasurer) confirmed

14.6.20

All cleaners provided with gloves (ideally disposable) to protect their skin from exposure to cleaning materials.

Gloves supplied, masks available

SB

4.6.20

Suitable cleaning materials provided, depending on materials and if historic surfaces are to be cleaned.

Only access to plastic chairs to aid cleaning.

SB

14.6.20

Cleaning the church after known exposure to someone with Coronavirus symptoms

If possible close the church building for 72 hours with no access permitted.

The church will be closed for 72 hrs if this occurs

SB

As required

If 72-hour quarantine is not possible then follow Public Health England guidance on cleaning in non-healthcare settings.

Public Health England guidance available here.

SB

As required

If the building has been quarantined for 72 hours, then carry out cleaning as per the normal advice on cleaning.

The church will be cleaned as per advice

SB

As required


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