Health and safety, food and fire safety for businesses
If you employ anyone, you need to know about employers' liability compulsory insurance. If your business has five or more employees, you need to have a written health and safety policy statement. You need to meet standards concerning the ventilation, sanitation, lighting and temperature of the workplace.
- Health and Safety Executive
The government body responsible for controlling risks in the workplace.
- GOV.UK – Business and self employed
The business section on the government's website contains a useful guide to help you protect your employees and your working environment.
- British Safety Council
Promoting occupational health, safety and environmental best practice.
Health and safety at work overview, provided by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
Find out who is responsible for meeting your legal obligations and the measures you need to take to protect your business. You must have a licence to sell fireworks at any time or year or if you store more than 5kg of explosives.
- Explosives and fireworks licences
Apply for a licence from Trading Standards, Health and Safety Executive or Sussex Police.
- GOV.UK – Fire safety in the workplace
A comprehensive guide, with practical information about fire safety.
- East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service carry out risk based inspections to ensure businesses comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. They also enforce and license petroleum sites within East Sussex.
Food safety and hygiene
Good food hygiene practice is vital to ensure that food you produce, serve or sell is safe to eat.
We provide continuously updated advice notices about food safety and recalls. Food hygiene services in East Sussex are operated by district and borough councils.
- Food labelling
General advice about labelling food products.
- Food notices – Trading Standards
Range of leaflets offering business guidance on food labelling and packaging.
- Safer food, better business – Food Standards Agency
Advice on the main issues of food hygiene for businesses.
- Drinking Water Inspectorate
Ensures water supplies are safe and drinking water quality is acceptable to consumers.
Local food hygiene services
- Eastbourne Borough Council
- Hastings Borough Council
- Lewes District Council
- Rother District Council
- Wealden District Council
Get food safety alerts
- Product recalls and safety notices – Trading Standards
Latest safety and recall notices for food and products such as electrical goods, toys and furniture.
- Food alerts – Food Standards Agency
Warnings about the latest problems associated with food from the Food Standards Agency.
Animal health and welfare
There are specific regulations for people who work with animals, including livestock, from registering your business to dealing with animal feed and reporting notifiable diseases.
Planning for emergencies
If your business was struck by fire, flood or computer failure, do you know how you would set about finding temporary premises, meeting your deadlines or making sure your staff know what's going on?
Many small firms never return to business as usual after a serious crisis but a bit of careful planning will increase your organisation's chance of survival.