Health and safety

The BBPA offers guidance to licensees on health and safety issues in licensed premises. It is vital that all licensees comply with health and safety recommendations to ensure the pub is a safe place to work. Licensee guidance is available below on a number of issues including fire safety, managing asbestos, flood damage, and general safety in pubs.

  • BBPA produces new guidance for pubs as countdown to Euro 2020 begins

    02 June 2021

      Trade association says guidance will help pubs ensure UEFA EURO 2020™ screenings are a success With just over a week to go until UEFA EURO 2020™ kicks-off on June 11th, the British Beer & Pub Association has produced practical guidance for pubs to help ensure screenings are a success and customers and staff are kept safe. The new guidance has been developed alongside the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), UKHospitality (UKH), the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the Local Government Association (LGA). Live sport is a hugely important part of the pub experience and UEFA EURO 2020™ is a major opportunity to attract customers who want to watch live matches in the great atmosphere of the pub once more. Particularly as it will be the first major sporting tournament aired in pubs since their reopening from the third COVID-19 lockdown. The guidance aims to help pubs, other licensed venues, licensing authorities and the police all work together to ensure a safe environment for both customers and staff, whilst enabling people to enjoy the much-missed freedom of visiting the pub to watch the football once more. It provides a simple bullet point list for publicans to run through and make sure all aspects are considered and any appropriate steps taken for successful screenings, whether that is indoors or outdoors. The guidance also notes the extra safety measures required due to Coronavirus and in particular the COVID-Secure workplace guidance for pubs. Furthermore, it also includes guidance pubs should consider with regards to security and suspicious behaviour, in particular counter-terrorism measures.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Pubs are the home of live sport and we cannot wait for the Euros and watching together a major tournament in the pub once more. “This new guidance we have created with fellow trade bodies and the authorities will help pubs have a successful Euros. “It is important people can enjoy the much-missed freedom of watching the football at the pub, but this guidance will help ensure everyone’s safety both in terms of COVID-19 but also any suspicious or antisocial behaviour.”   Cllr Nesil Caliskan, Chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: “Councils have been working hard to support businesses to reopen and will continue to work with businesses to ensure they are operating safely as COVID-19 regulations ease and the EURO 2020 tournament begins. “We’re all looking forward to being able to watch a live sporting event with friends and family once again, but should make sure we are following government coronavirus guidelines and respecting the rules put in place by the premises so everyone can enjoy the football safely.”   The guidance for pubs is free and available to all publicans and operators as a PDF download here:    

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  • BBPA responds to leaked proposals for calorie labelling on pints

    14 April 2021

    Trade association says measures would be “kicking pubs when they are down” The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today responded to reports of leaked Government proposals for calorie labelling on pints of beer in pubs. Responding to the reports, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Proposals to force calorie labelling on pints sold in pubs are ludicrous – and especially outrageous at this difficult time. After more than a year of being forced to close fully or operate under severe loss-making restrictions, now is not the time to heap burdensome and expensive regulation on our pubs. “Our pubs are on their knees and the Government already knows this. Calorie labelling would be kicking pubs and brewers when they are down. “We have very serious concerns on the impact these proposals would have on the sector and on consumers. “The British people have had months without going to their local. It has been tough mentally and socially. Let them enjoy it again and let our businesses rebuild. We must remember that after so much enforced isolation, the pub has an important role to play in tackling loneliness and improving mental health.”

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