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News - 14 July 2007

Helping businesses with health and safety

Brighton & Hove City Council’s health and safety team has put out a message to leisure businesses to say, “We’re here to help.” Health and Safety at work has become a minefield for employers and is particularly pertinent for those dealing directly with members of the public.

Surveys have gone out to 945 businesses in the city, to find out what sort of health and safety information and assistance they would like to receive from the council.

Hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, clubs and other licensed premises are among those being invited to have their say.

Councillor Dee Simson, chairman of Brighton & Hove City Council’s licensing committee, said, “The leisure industry is a big employer in Brighton & Hove and an important part of the local economy.

“We know employers and managers are busy and we want to make sure we are providing all the health and safety information they need, in the way that suits them best. For example, we are asking about whether they would like to receive training and how they prefer to receive information from us.

“Feedback from businesses is important, and we hope as many as possible will take this opportunity to give us their views.”

With a huge variety of leisure facilities in the city, Brighton & Hove City Council’s health and safety team has extensive and wide-ranging duties.

These include:

  • Preventative work to reduce injuries and ill-health in the workplace
  • Providing advice and information to employers and staff on subjects such as manual handling, hazardous substances, machinery use, noise and vibration, and fire risks
  • Ensuring clubs, pubs, theatres and other entertainment venues are run safely
  • Food safety and hygiene checks at restaurants, cafes and other catering establishments

Businesses can get further details about the survey from the Health & Safety Laboratory, which is conducting the research on behalf of the council. Contact Roxane Gervais on 01298 218727, email:

For other information contact the council’s health and safety team on 01273

294429 or visit the council’s website,

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