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On this page you will find links to basic information on what you must do to make sure your catering or hospitality business complies with health and safety law.

What you must do

In general, health and safety law applies to all businesses, no matter how small. As a duty holder, you are responsible for health and safety in your business. You need to take the right precautions to reduce any risks to the health and safety of workers and others who might be affected by your work activities. If you are self-employed and your work poses no risk to the health and safety of others, then health and safety law may not apply to you. HSE has guidance to help you understand if the law applies.

What you should know

Health and safety doesn't have to be complicated. Information on HSE's Health and Safety made simple site will make it easier for you to comply with the law and manage health and safety in your business.

For many businesses, all that's required is a basic series of tasks. The site will take you through the steps and help you make sure you have done what you need to.

Information on the following can be found at Health and Safety made simple.

For some work activities in the catering and hospitality industry there may be extra things you need to do to make sure you are complying with the law.

Updated 2020-06-04