Food Premises Hygiene and Safety

If your buildings are not right, not only could your business be inefficient, it could also generate hazards.

A food business premises means any establishment, any place, vehicle, stall or moveable structure and any ship or aircraft where food may be prepared, processed, packaged or sold. There are specific requirements that any commercial food premises must meet to comply with the Food Hygiene Regulations.

The rules for permanent buildings used for food business and temporary or moveable premises like market stalls, marquees and mobile shops. The law covers wall coverings, floor materials, toilets and changing rooms for staff, lighting and contact materials.

Extra rules for rooms where food is prepared cover pest control, water supply and waste disposal. Planning laws and the Health and Safety rules affect premises also.

Customers and staff at your premises are protected by Health and Safety Law.

To comply with the Fire regulations, all non-domestic premises must have a fire risk assessment.

For more information on see Checklist page.