Food Health And Safety

Food health and safety is extremely important due to the number of people who are at risk from injuries and illnesses if food health and safety is inadequate. We can provide your business with food health and safety consultants who will ensure that your business is fully compliant with UK law.

Health and safety food

Following the Health and Safety at Work etc Act, 1974 (HSWA) and the Food Law Code of Practice, all businesses which deal with food, must ensure their workers, customers and contracted workers are safe from the hazards of inadequate food health and safety.

Under the acts, a number of measures must be completed by employers to ensure food health and safety is suitable and sufficient. Every self-employed owner or employer in the food industry has a legal duty to abide by the food health and safety regulations. This is a legal requirement and must be followed. In the event that food health and safety is breached, the employer or self-employed person will be held accountable. Consequences for failing to abide by the regulations can be severe; resulting in heavy fines, potentially large compensation claims and even jail time. To avoid this, it is crucial that your business is fully compliant with food health and safety laws.

Health and safety food hygiene

If your business deals with food, then you have a legal duty to make sure:

  • Food is safe to eat
  • You don’t add, remove or treat food in a way which would make it harmful
  • You don’t mislead people by the way food is labelled, advertised or marketed, eg. that it is the same quality you say it is
  • Records are kept on where the food came from
  • You withdraw unsafe food and explain why food has been withdrawn or recalled
  • You display your food hygiene rating

Kitchen health and safety

Along with food health and safety, employers must ensure that their employees are safe from working with food. They must ensure that staff and contracted workers are protected from:

  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Hazardous substances
  • Fire hazards
  • Knives
  • Manual handling injuries

In order to ensure that your business is fully compliant with food health and safety law, it is crucial that a competent person carries out a food health and safety assessment of your business. A competent person will have the skills and knowledge to advise, assist and implement training where necessary, to ensure that your business is fully compliant with UK law.

We can provide your business with fully accredited health and safety experts who can provide your business with the food health and safety cover that you require.

For more information and advice on meeting the food health and safety regulations, call our helpful customer care team today for a free quote on 0800 211 8331.

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