During the past months, the Diocese has been providing training to parish representatives in line with current legislation regarding safety duties and responsibilities. Yesterday, St Bart’s and other parishes received training and a safety manual on how to manage those risks and how to apply the tools we received. Some of the areas covered include:
- Incident Reporting
- Hazard Management
- Managing Contractors
- Food Safety
For example, with regard to incident reporting, we in the parish should be aware that if any of us is involved in an incident where someone is injured, an incident report is completed, given to a designated person in the parish, who will then ensure that report is forwarded to the Workplace Health and Safety Team within the Diocese. Another area to assist with safety requires the parish to maintain a current register of people within the parish who have first aid certificates and health professionals. Hazards are situations or things that have the potential to harm a person. This could range from someone acting in a dangerous manner, to an item of equipment or food safety issues.
Over the next few months, we will be raising awareness of what our parishioners are required to do to ensure compliance with the legislation around safety issues. A number of people will work through the checklists and there will be changes in how we do things. It will involve everyone so watch this space.