The Irish Brewers Association and the Health & Safety Authority have co-launched a programme designed for publicans and bar managers to enhance basic safety practices in cellars, cold rooms and across all areas of bars, restaurants, hotels and pubs around the country.

Speaking at the launch of the programme, Jonathan McDade, head of the Irish Brewers Association, said: “This initiative is the first of its kind in Ireland. We’re hoping it will benchmark health and safety standards for all licensed operators in Europe.

“BeSMART.ie is quick and easy to use and will give bar managers an idea of how safe their cellars are and if any safety issues need to be addressed.”

The cellar safety programme aims to improve safety in the workplace environment for thousands of workers and service providers and for customers of the hospitality sector.

The programme was designed to address safety issues arising from serious accidents in bar cellars across Europe in recent years.

It is aimed at helping bars to protect their staff and meet legal requirements to ensure their workplace is a safe place to operate in.

The new safety programme can be accessed through the HSA’s existing online risk assessment tool, BeSMART.ie.

Pictured launching the programme are Padraig Cribben, Vintners Federation of Ireland; Donal O’Keeffe, Licensed Vintners Association; Ian Reidy, Heineken and Jonathan McDade, the Irish Brewers Association.

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