A new scheme to help increase safety for night time workers in Brighton & Hove is being launched later this month.
Health and safety officers from Brighton & Hove City Council will be working with small businesses in the night time economy to help keep staff safe and prevent crime and antisocial behaviour.
Brighton & Hove is a safe place visit by day and night and, earlier this year the city council and its partners including the Business Forum's Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) were awarded Beacon Status by the Government (see earlier story) as a national centre of excellence for managing the night time economy.
The council is always looking to build on these achievements and the latest initiative is one of a package of measures to keep the city safe and welcoming at night.
Staff at pubs, night clubs, late night takeaways, betting shops, hotels and guest houses will be given advice on how to prevent violence at work, while employers will be advised on how to make work places safer.
Measures which can improve safety include fitting panic buttons and CCTV, widening counters, preventing queues building up, training staff to defuse difficult situations, and not having staff working alone.
Councillor Geoffrey Theobald, Brighton & Hove City Council's cabinet member for environment, said: “This new environmental health scheme will extend the excellent work already underway to manage night time activity in the city.
"We already work closely with pubs, clubs and other businesses in the city centre and the majority take the safety of staff and the public very seriously. This initiative will enable us to build on work already going on and strengthen our links with businesses which are so important to Brighton & Hove's night time economy."
Since licensing hours were relaxed, a package of measures has been introduced by the council, police and other partners to manage drinking and licensed premises, from football style red and yellow cards for troublemakers to establishing a late night ‘Safe Space’ for anyone seeking assistance.
Councillor Theobald added: “We welcome eight million visitors a year and, because the tourist trade is so important, it’s crucial that the night time economy is well managed for residents and visitors.
“Firm enforcement action means rowdy pubs have been closed; high-profile police patrols set the tone in the evening; and special all-night buses help people get home safely. Police and door supervisors share information and a radio system links licensed premises, enabling them to react swiftly to any potential problems.”
Businesses can visit the council’s website for an information pack, which gives helpful tips and advice to sensibly manage health and safety risks in the night time economy sector. Visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/healthandsafety
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