Posted on: 05 August 2021

Protect your staff and customers from the dangers in a beer garden

In the summer months, a lot of us love to head to our local pub or restaurant and enjoy some food and drink outdoors. Whilst beer gardens are an enjoyable way of socialising and enjoying some good food and drink, they can also be a dangerous place for both staff and customers.

Take a look at some of the dangers of a beer garden and how you can keep people safe at your business.

The dangers of a beer garden

Slips, trips and falls

Slips, trips and falls are some of the most common causes of injury in the UK and can be especially prevalent in a beer garden.

Unstable or uneven flooring is a risk at the best of times but combining it with potentially intoxicated customers can increase the likelihood of someone having a slip, trip or fall.

You should keep an eye out for spilt beverages as usual, but be extra vigilant with unstable or uneven surfaces, and get them rectified as soon as possible.

Heat and sun dangers

Particularly an issue in the height of summer, people can experience adverse effects when spending too much time in the sun or heat.

Heatstroke is a condition that can cause an altered state of mind, excessive sweating, nausea or vomiting, rapid heart rate or a strong headache following spending too much time in high temperatures or direct sunlight. Heatstroke can also be exacerbated by excessive alcohol consumption, which dehydrates the body.

Help keep customers hydrated and cool with shaded areas in your beer garden and free tap water in jugs with ice.

Intoxicated customers

Enjoying a refreshing drink with friends and family in a beer garden is a fantastic way of socialising or relaxing, but when your customers may have had a few too many, things can start to get out of control.

We have already highlighted slips, trips and falls as a potential danger for intoxicated customers, but other risks also include aggressive customers, unstable customers or vomit spills.

Make sure you are compliant with the law when serving drunk customers so that customers aren’t consuming more alcohol than they should be, which could lead to these kinds of alcohol-related risks.

COVID-19 risks

Whilst COVID-19 measures are easing, it is still a threat to people in the UK, so consider keeping some of your own measures in place to help protect customers and COVID-19 spreading.

Some of these measures could include:

  • Socially distanced tables
  • Encourage contactless payments
  • App-based food and drink orders
  • Face masks for staff
  • Encouraging customers to use the test and trace app

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The food and hospitality industry is one of the biggest in the UK, and as such, has a huge amount of variety in the businesses that operate in the sector. This variety means that no two businesses are the same, and will each have unique insurance needs.

At Premierline, we understand the need for a bespoke insurance policy, our insurance advisors will assess your business and source business insurance quotes from some of the UK’s most well-known insurance providers to find you a cover that is right for your business. 

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