Star Pubs has moved to ensure landlords don’t fall foul of poor food hygiene ratings or compliance regulations by rolling out a special package of health and safety support.
The company has teamed up with Shield Safety to offer a bespoke food, fire and health and safety system for leased and tenanted licensees at a preferential rate having had earlier success with a programme for its managed operator Just Add Talent sites.
The package aims to make health and safety compliance simple for licensees and has been tailor-made by Star and Shield Safety to ensure it meets the needs of leased pubs.
The comprehensive service includes: audits, a helpline with access to Environmental Health Officers, compliance software – allowing staff to easily record the necessary checks on any mobile device – and cloud-based storage of compliance records.
The system 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 & 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.
Chris Moore, property director at Star Pubs & Bars, said: “Having robust food, fire and health and safety procedures that both facilitate due diligence and prove it, has never been more important. 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.”