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The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today launched the latest edition of its highly acclaimed ‘Code of practice for the dispense of beer by pressure systems in licensed premises.’ At an industry workshop, aimed at designers, engineers, contractors, suppliers, owners and users of dispense equipment, the Association updated the trade on the refinements introduced to further assist in compliance with pressure legislation.

Now in its fifth issue, the Code sets out a scheme of operation for pressure systems based on practical, operational experience. Developed with the assistance of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the latest version incorporates recent legislative changes and simplifies the approach, whilst enhancing the safety ethos.

“There have been significant developments in dispense technology in the past ten years,” said Dr David Long, Director of Brewing, BBPA. “This has provided an opportunity for us to simplify procedures for compliance without compromising safety.”

“We are delighted that the HSE were able to work with us on this edition and particularly welcomed their input on the new Model Written Scheme which is now ‘generic’ to the whole industry. The ‘generic’ scheme will offer significant savings to the Industry in removing duplication of effort and enable a consistent, safe, approach to the operation of beer dispense systems.”

“I am pleased that HSE has been able to contribute to the Code, which has proved so invaluable to the brewing industry as a source of information on safety matters,” said Dr Christine Snaith, Head of Safety Unit, HSE. “The new Code will be circulated to HSE and local authority inspectors, so that they may use it as an indication of reasonably practicable standards.”

Notes to editors:

  1. The British Beer and Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 98% of the beer brewed in the UK and own more than half of Britain’s 60,000 pubs.

  2. The Code of Practice for the Dispense of Beer by Pressure Systems in Licensed Premises was first published in February1974 followed by a 2nd edition in August 1982, 3rd edition May 1990, and the 4th edition in June 1994.

  3. The new code is available from Brewing Publications Tel: 020 7627 9172 or via the BBPA website and is priced as follows:

Prices for Members:

One copy £10.00

10-20 copies £9.00

20+ copies £8.00

Prices for Non-members:

One copy £12.00

10-20 copies £11.00

20+ copies £10.00

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