Asbestos Regulations

Asbestos Regulations in Church Buildings

The law regarding management of asbestos in buildings has recently changed, and the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 now apply. Church buildings are covered by these regulations. The Elders have a duty to manage church buildings and also therefore have a duty to manage asbestos in those buildings. Please remember that exposure to any asbestos-containing material (ACM) can kill. Insurance policies do not generally cover claims arising for damages or injury resulting from exposure to asbestos (unless appropriate measures have been applied).

Website: Asbestos Regulations

Disability Discrimination Act

The Disability Discrimination Act 2002 requires equal opportunities be given to all people. For churches the following are probably most relevant:-

  • Easy Access (level if possible)
  • Accessible toilets
  • Good signage
  • Sound reinforcement
  • Adequate lighting

It may also be appropriate to consider the types of teaching materials used and whether provision should be made for those with special needs.

Grants to assist in the cost of provision of such facilities may be available. For further information or advice.

Download: Church Building Fund Guidance Notes.

Disused Burial Grounds

Many of our Churches have a burial ground either adjacent to or detached from the Church. When there is no more space within the Burial Ground  it is usual to close it. In time such Burial Grounds become disused. Special rules then apply to the Burial Ground. These are contained within the Disused Burial Grounds Act.

Website: Summary of the Principle Requirements

Fire Risk Assessments

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires all Churches and associated premises to undertake a fire risk assessment and develop an evacuation plan.

This will:

  • Identify fire hazards
  • Identify people at risk
  • Evaluate, remove or reduce the risk
  • Record findings, plan, inform users, train individuals
  • Review the findings regularly

fire-safetyWebsite: Fire Safety from communities.gov

"A Short Guide to Making your Premises Safe from Fire" is available from 0300 1231124

Please ensure that hirers of your premises are aware of the assessment and carry out their own assessment for their activities.

Quinquennial Surveys of Listed Buildings

The Trustees remind those churches that are Listed that a Quinquennial Survey is required by law. Other churches may also wish to have periodic surveys as a positive way of managing their buildings.

The form of the survey report shall include all those items included in the Synod Buildings Report Form and shall end with the recommendations of the Surveyor with regard to any necessary remedial work and the timescale for it to be carried out.

Download: Buildings Report Form

Further advice on the choice of surveyor is available from the Property Officer.

Listed Churches may be eligible for a grant of 50% of the cost of the Survey.

The recommendations of the Surveyor should be carried out and a grant may be available for this using Project Heritage. 

Download: Project Heritage

Churches Legislation Advisory Service

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Churches' Legislation Advisory Service, the ecumenical body that communicates with the government on proposals for legislation. It produces regular updates which includes employment, planning law and tax etc.

Website:    Churches Legislation Services Board

Download: Note of the CLAS meeting on implications of EU referendum (22nd September 2016)

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