Much like unicorns and dragons, there are rare people who actually enjoy fulfilling health & safety guidelines, writing risk assessments and ensuring proper practice. If that’s you then you’ll love this lesson. If that’s not you, this lesson will help you understanding health & safety is an essential part of your street food business.
You HAVE TO get good at health & safety if you’re running a food business. Best case is that no-one notices; worst case is that you could go to prison (not a joke). If you think health and safety isn’t important and it’s fine not to bother with all of the below, then don’t bother starting a food business.
We’ve made it as easy as possible to understand what you’ve got to do to be legal and safe. Also, if you get good at health & safety event organisers will love you. You will get more work, and make more money because they know they can trust you.
We’ve stopped working with traders based solely on poor health & safety. The best traders back up their food with systems and admin, it’s not the sexiest part of street food but if you want to work at any event, take it seriouslyALANA BUCKLEY, HEAD OF EVENTS, KERB
First things first, join NCASS
Here’s some Tony Blair style repetition to make a point.
Join NCASS. Join NCASS. Join NCASS.
It costs £239 to join for the year, but what you get from them is hugely valuable. 99.9% of KERB traders are members of NCASS; the 0.1% who aren’t probably worked as a health and safety professional before starting a street food business.
As we work through the documents that are required to trade legally you’ll see quite how much NCASS provide.
What you need legally:
Building & Testing a Menu
Now’s the time to get cooking!