On Tuesday someone made a B_I_G mistake. They told me I needed to carry out a 'fire risk assessment' for Girls' Brigade. This is not a good thing to say to a former professional risk assesser because it meant I asked hard questions they couldn't answer, and then they asked what I meant by a 'designated assembly point' and the blue signage (as shown left) that ought to be in place advising fire action. Hmm.
For any Baptists, the BUC guideline on Health and Safety, C.7 is helpful and has some useful websites to visit. I'm sure other denominations have an equivalent.
I also found a nice one page tick-box thing here which basically does the job for you. Unless you are trained and know the HSE stuff, don't try getting all clever (and my professioanl opinion of some of the schools' risk assessment stuff is unprintable). Also make sure you know the difference between a 'risk' and a 'hazard' and between a 'risk assessment' and an 'evacuation plan' or 'emergnecy plan.' Otherwise I get unpastorally irritable!
Alternatively, in exchange for some large quantities of fairtrade chocolate I can come and do it for you ...!
Oh, and if you don't know, a fire assembly point sign, which should be located well clear of premises and with enough space to safely gather all your people, looks like this: -
That said, I've never yet seen one at a church.