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This section contains specific information relating to hazards likely to be found encountered whilst operating a village or community hall.
Village and community halls provide an important focal point for local residents and are used to host a wide range of events and activities.
Health and safety shouldn’t be a barrier to managing a hall. Taking a sensible, proportionate approach is the key to making sure the hall provides a healthy and safe place for people to use without unnecessary bureaucracy.
If the organisation that runs the village hall employs anybody (even one part-time worker) the hall is subject to the requirements of Health and Safety legislation. Carefully work through the requirements below to ensure your organisation complies with the law.
If your organisation does not employ anybody then you can still be subject to civil litigation. Should a person be injured whilst at your premises, by following the guidance below, you may avoid or lessen potential litigation.
The following ten point guide takes you through your legal responsibilities, step by step.
1. Write your health and safety policy
2. Carry out a risk assessment
3. Display the health and safety law poster
4. Take out Employers' Liability Insurance
5. Meet workplace standards
6. Understand accident reporting and purchase an accident book
7. Consult your workers
8. Train your workers
9. Comply with Smoke free legislation
10. Carry out a fire risk assessment
Look at our pages on Office or Food Preparation for additional hazards that might affect your business.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.