Regulatory and Licensing

Local Authorities issue joint statement to Hospitality Sector on Covid 19 Security Measures

Local authorities in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull have issued further guidance to hospitality venues to ensure that they take all possible steps to keep customers safe when they visit these premises. The statement has been issued after a dramatic...

Trading Standards crackdown on illegal placards

Trading Standards have investigated 35 offending businesses and sent them warning letters concerning advertising without permission using Birmingham’s street furniture. Such furniture includes, benches, lampposts and bus stops.  The crackdown...

Pubs investigated for COVID-19 Security breaches

Since the pubs reopened on 4 July 2020 , there have been numerous complaints to councils about social distancing and COVID control issues . Between 4 July 2020 and 1 August 2020, local authority officers visited 28 pubs across Derby following complaints...

Face masks confiscated after trading standards raid

On 24 July, face coverings became compulsory in shops unless you are medically excused. As a result, the demand for face masks has increased. Legislation requires that face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus must be safe and have instructions in...

Restaurant owner prohibited from operating a food business

In March 2019, a public protection officer from Pembrokeshire County Council visited JT3 Restaurant in Fishguard. The officer found the basement kitchen to be in a poor state of cleanliness and repair. There were no disinfecting cleaning products or soap...

Re-opening of restaurants from 4th July

On 23 June, the Prime Minister announced that from the 4 July, restaurants would be able to begin reopening their doors to customers, 3 months after they were ordered to close.  It is now essential that restaurants reopen in a safe and controlled...

How do I make my business Covid-Secure?

The Health and Safety Executive has set out guidance on its website intended to assist employers make their workplace as safe as reasonably practicable . The emphasis is on identifying and managing the risk associated with re-starting and operating...

Legionnaire's Disease Risk Adds to Re-Start Concerns of Businesses

As businesses reopen, the Health and Safety Executive (“HSE”) has issued guidance about the risks associated with legionnaires’ disease in buildings that were closed or had reduced occupancy during the lockdown period.  The issue...

Will HSE be able to check my business is Covid secure?

Almost every aspect of any business that requires compliance with legal duties will fall under a regulatory framework and be enforced by regulatory agencies.  The enforcement of Health and Safety is the remit of the Health and Safety Executive; or...

POST LOCKDOWN WHAT IF MY EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES ON RETURN TO THE WORKPLACE ?

The law There are a number of protections in place for employees and workers and it is important that employers are aware of these protections when considering what action to take in relation to employees or workers who refuse to return to work because...

Excess food in restaurants due to Covid-19 closures

Boris Johnson’s announcement last Friday meant that many restaurants, cafes and pubs were ordered to close immediately, unless they could offer a take away service. His announcement on Monday has now forced some of those takeaway services to close...

Warwickshire pub fined for 11 food hygiene offences

Environmental health officers inspected the Norton Pub in Coleshill twice in July 2019. They found the pub had no hot water and no effective food-safety management system. Food was being stored in an area that was not effectively pest-proofed. The...

Takeaway owner banned after food hygiene breaches

Johnny Spice was investigated by Trading Standards after evidence of mouse activity and a poor standard of cleaning throughout the premises was discovered. Kobir Ahmed, owner of Johnny Spice and director of Johnny Banqueting pleaded guilty to all four...

Trading Standards take action in illegal tobacco case

In December 2018, Sheffield City Council’s Trading Standards department received information about illegal tobacco sales by David Dukes and Alice Depalma. Trading Standards Officers witnessed the couple making sales during their initial observations...

Builder jailed after Trading Standards investigation

Jordan Louis Hare from Cardiff was sentenced to 3 years and 9 months imprisonment at Cardiff Crown Court after works to modify the home of a customer who had mobility issues were found to be incomplete, “potentially unsafe” and not of the...

Estate Agents fined for delaying disclosure of cladding to flat buyers

Haslams Estate Agents Limited was sentenced at Reading Magistrates’ Court on 25 October 2019.  The company was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,646 following an investigation and prosecution by Reading Borough...

What is a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice and what should I do if my business is served with one?

If an Environmental Health Officer attends a Food Business and is satisfied that the conditions there present an imminent risk of injury to health, a hygiene emergency prohibition notice may be served on the Food Business Operator. These notices are...

Food hygiene breaches closes Digbeth Irish Centre

The Irish Centre had three visits from Birmingham City Council’s Environmental Health Officers within 15 months. They found rodent droppings in the bar and club including the kitchen, storerooms, glass wash area and in the bar area next to glasses. ...

Restaurant Owner and Manager Prosecuted for Food Hygiene Breaches

The owner and the manager of a Luton restaurant have been convicted of food hygiene offences after the business was closed following a food hygiene inspection in May 2018. On 11 May 2018 a food safety officer undertook a routine inspection at Al Badar...

Restaurant owner fined for food safety breaches

Adem Kaya, the owner of The Golden Grill, admitted four offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 and Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 and was fined £1,800 by Guildford Magistrates’ Court plus a £170 victim...
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