Hospitality firms to dodge safety inspections

Pubs, hotels and event venues of Britain are to be made exempt from constant safety inspections under new plans by the government.

According to, only businesses belonging to high risk industries such as construction will have to bring a halt to their everyday operation, as inspectors continue their search for examples of bad practice.

Individual companies with a track record of poor workplace safety may also fall victim to rigid conformity long into next year, that’s unless they can significantly improve on their performance.

Announcing the changes, business secretary Vince Cable said the government aimed to ease the burden of ‘red tape’ on small businesses, who might feel that their time would be better spent on attending to customers rather than enforcing workplace safety.

“In these tough times, businesses need to focus all their energies on creating jobs and growth, not being tied up in unnecessary red tape,” said Mr Cable.

“I’ve listened to those concerns and we’re determined to put common sense back into areas like health and safety, which will reduce costs and fear of burdensome inspections.”     

According to, more than 3,000 regulations will be axed come 2013 in what’s been described as a “radical” plan to install common sense back into health and safety.