Risk Management/Workplace Health & Safety

Risk Management

It is important that parishes and ministry units consider the potential risks (i.e. events which might cause uncertainty in the delivery of key objectives) of new initiatives and activities atypical of the daily/weekly services. The Diocesan risk management process requires leaders to assess the likelihood and consequence of risks which are inherent in such initiatives/activities under their charge and proactively plan to mitigate those risks to an acceptable level, as determined by its governing body.

For specific events, Anglican Insurance and Risk Management Services have prepared a template for one-off events, which can be used to assist in evaluating the inherent risks of such events and develop risk treatment plans in a succinct format:

IS008 AIRS Activity Risk Assessment v0619

Workplace Health & Safety (WH&S) Policy, Checklists & Templates

The Diocesan WH&S policy is found in the link below (as amended):

WHS002 Work Health & Safety Policy

Rectors and Wardens (and WH&S Administrators, if appointed), please use the following checklists and templates as part your regular (at least annual) safety and hazard review process for all parochial church property under your charge:

IS002 WHS Checklists and Templates

Rectors and Wardens will be asked to report on maintenance items, hazards identified and plans to rectify them in Parish Returns. In addition, Rectors and Wardens may wish to complement existing Diocesan procedures relating to Safe Ministry, Insurance and Incident Reporting and Workplace Health & Safety with the “Safety management—Small Business Toolkit” produced by NT WorkSafe.

AIRS Member Advice Line on WH&S and HR Issues

Rectors and Wardens, the AIRS (Anglican Insurance and Risk Management Services) Member Advice Line is available to answer your queries relating to WH&S and human resources matters. Whereas in the past such requests may have been triaged via the Manager of Diocesan Business Services, it is reasonable to seek the input of our insurers on such matters. I would ask that, after using that service, you prepare a summary of the advice given and forward same to dbm@ntanglican.org.au, including the nature of your query, the responses given and the date on which the advice was sought. Details of the advice line are found in the flyer below:

IS004 AIRS Member Advice Line for HR and WHS