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October 2, 2018

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New health and safety system launched for pub licensees

The Star Pubs and Bars group has launched a new bespoke health and safety system for its leased and tenanted licensees.

The system, which aims to make health and safety compliance simple, has been developed by the group and Shield Safety and is available to its licensees at a preferential rate.

The service includes audits, a helpline with access to Environmental Health Officers and compliance software, which will allow staff to easily record the necessary checks on any mobile device.

The system also enables licensees to remotely monitor their pub’s compliance in real time, and flags issues via a traffic-light system.

It can be used across any number of sites, whether they are with Star Pubs and Bars or not, making it a valuable tool for multiple operators.

The Shield Safety package is an optional service for licensees and provides three levels of cover – food safety, health and safety, or food safety and health and safety combined.

The new package follows the successful roll-out of health and safety support for its managed operator pub and bars, which is also provided by Shield Safety.

“Having robust food, fire and health and safety procedures that both facilitate due diligence and prove it, has never been more important,” said Star Pubs and Bars’ property director, Chris Moore.

“Fines for non-compliance increased earlier this year and can now be 5% of turnover. And poor food hygiene ratings – which are often due to weak management and inadequate record keeping rather than hygiene practices – can have a serious impact on trade and take up to two years to correct.

“This new package simplifies an increasingly complex area for licensees and gives them peace of mind.”

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