Have You Appointed a Risk Management Officer for Your Church?November 21, 2019 - 5 minutes read
While church safety is a team effort, church Risk Management Officers (RMOs) hold a lot of responsibility for ensuring people are kept safe while in their care. We believe it’s crucial to ensure that RMOs have the resources and training they and their teams need to carry out their roles effectively.
But first here are seven risk areas that may fall under the responsibility of a church RMO.
1. Fire safety and essential safety measures
All church buildings centres need to be compliant with certain measures regarding fire safety, emergency lighting and building exits.
Common essential safety measures for churches include maintenance of fire equipment, exit signs and doors, emergency lighting and paths of travel to exits, as well as electrical testing and tagging.
Failure to comply could result in some stiff penalties. You can find out more on church essential safety measures from our previous post.
2. Emergency preparedness
Emergencies preparation includes conducting regular drills, creating disaster recovery plans, training your teams in fire safety and more.
See our posts on emergency risk management for more detail on these topics.
3. Inspections / risk management assessments
A risk management assessment process involves identifying hazards and risks, analysing their potential impact and taking steps to control them.
Regular risk inspections can help reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls and other accidents on church property.
Our prior posts on church risk management and creating a church maintenance schedule provide more insight on this topic.
4. Accident reporting
Reporting of accidents and incidents helps in assessing how well your organisation’s risk management processes are working and in making modifications where necessary.
We provide a number of forms and checklists to assist you in this – see under the Forms section of the website.
5. Child safety
Child safety must be a top priority in any organisation that involves working with or caring for young people.
Keeping kids safe can require a lot of work – from conducting regular playground safety assessments and new recruitment checks, through to creating safe church policies and procedures and much more.
We have a range of articles on child safety on the website which can be accessed from here.
6. Pastoral care risk management
People need to kept safe and have their privacy protected while receiving services such as prayer ministry and counselling.
Risk management includes conducting safe ministry checks, developing a Code of Conduct, providing appropriate physical locations and ensuring adequate leadership training.
Our previous post on Professional Indemnity provides tips on reducing your risks in these types of situations.
7. Grounds and gardens
People also need to be as safe as possible while outdoors on the property.
This includes ensuring your carpark and all other outdoor areas on your property are well-designed, maintained and safe for people to use.
Free training options through CCI
RLink / RedBook
RedBook currently helps over 1,000 Australian churches to meet their safety and compliance requirements by providing resources that streamline and simplify the whole process. Membership to RedBook is free of charge for all our members.
Through LinkSafe we offer access to free RMO Induction courses from our website that can be completed online. To get started, go to our training page.
ChildSafe provides training and risk management resources specifically designed to assist community organisations to become child safe places.
Membership to ChildSafe is free for all our insured members. See our previous post for more details.
Get in touch
As an insured member you can also speak to our team at CCI to assist you in developing solid risk management solutions and programs for your church or to discuss your insurance policy.
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