Memorial Safety Inspection

Published: 05 February 2020

THE CEMETERY, DEWLANDS LANE, CRANLEIGH GU6 7AD
28 DAYS OF NOTICE FOR COMMENCEMENT OF MEMORIAL SAFETY PROGRAM
Council staff will be testing the safety memorials starting from March 2020

As a burial authority and land owner the Parish Council has a responsibility under the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure that risks within our cemetery are properly managed.

Each memorial will be subject to a safety inspection to determine if it constitutes a potential hazard to visitors, contractors and employees.

Cranleigh Parish Council would like to stress that the test involved is non-invasive and requires a ‘hand test’. No mechanical equipment will be used.

Memorials will only be laid flat when action is necessary to prevent risk to health and safety.

Should a memorial fail the inspection it will be made safe temporarily using a stake and strapping, with a warning notice attached to it. Cranleigh Parish Council will then write to the grave owner, asking them to ensure the memorial is made safe in accordance with the guidance issued by the National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) and British Standards BS8415.

Cranleigh Parish Council endeavours to carry out this with minimal disruption. However, we would ask that any visitors to the cemetery take note of the warning signs and exercise caution near memorials during this time.

Grave owners and relatives can request more information from Cranleigh Parish Council.