Parish Councils' General Risk Assessment
Parish Council's Use of Unfamiliar building checklist
Lancashire County Council has developed this website to assist Parish Council's to manage health & safety for the activities they undertake. We hope it proves useful to you. We would be pleased to hear of any further content which you wish us to provide via your County Council representative.
Risk Assessments should be undertaken by Parish Council's for all their activities, both those that take place regularly and one-off events. Lancashire County Council has developed a general risk assessment for use by Parish Council's when they are developing their own risk assessments.
To further assist Parish Councils with their own risk assessment development the County Council can provide access to other occupational general risk assessments upon request by e-mail to email@example.com.
Parish Councils may use a general risk assessment as a starting point when developing their own risk assessments, but must amend and add to the hazards and risk controls to reflect their own local arrangements.
General guidance on how to undertake a Risk Assessment is freely available on the Health and Safety Executive's web site – Risk Management.
Lancashire County Council has developed a checklist for use by Parish Council's when they hold an event or activity in a building that they have not used before, or one which they use infrequently. This is a straightforward list which will document that the Parish Council has done everything 'practicable' to ensure the building is safe to use and that everyone involved is aware of the health & safety arrangements. Use of Unfamiliar Buildings Checklist