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 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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  • BBPA responds to changes to social gatherings

    09 September 2020

    Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: "This announcement came as a surprise, but it is clear that the Government are concerned about the recent rise in COVID cases. We need to fully assess the detail of the new restrictions when the Prime Minister speaks later today. As one of the few sectors participating in track and trace the pub sector has been fully playing it’s part in ensuring people follow guidance to contain the spread of the virus up to this point and we will continue to do so. "The impact of these new announcements can have a cooling effect on public confidence. This restriction comes at a delicate point in our pub recovery after a steady start this summer. We were already worried about levels of trade moving into Autumn and Winter. Pubs will need more support from Government with continued business rates relief, VAT cuts and flexible furlough, as well as a significant cut in beer duty to help them survive, protect jobs and continue to serve communities. We need the Government to send the clear message that pubs remain open for business and the public should continue to support them."

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