Star launches health & safety system for licensees

Following a successful roll-out of Shield Safety health and safety support for its managed operator Just Add Talent sites, Star Pubs & Bars has partnered with the hospitality experts to offer a bespoke food, fire and health and safety system for its leased and tenanted licensees at a preferential rate.

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.

Says Chris Moore, Star Pubs & Bars’ property director: “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.”