The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has produced a guidance booklet endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to help licensees assess the level of risk posed by their cellars in the events of an actual release of carbon dioxide. The Confined Spaces Regu-lations (1998) requires that a carbon dioxide risk assessment should be undertaken in all premises. Called Guidance for Licensees on Carbon Dioxide in Cellars, the publication describes the risk assessment procedures to be followed and will help licensees determine whether their cellar poses a threat, and the action to be taken. Some pub cellars will fall within the Regulation's definition of a "confined space" so steps must be taken to protect workers from accidental gas exposure. Dr David Long, BBPA director of brewing, said: "Compliance with the regulations is mandatory but in nearly all cases the precautions required to reduce any risk are usually very straightforward, relatively inexpensive and cause minimal disruption. "Our guidance will show licensees that compliance is not as daunting as they may imagine, while the endorsement of the HSE provides extra reassurance." Copies of Guidance for Licensees on Carbon Dioxide in Cellars, priced at £5, are available from Brewing Publications, Market Towers, 1 Nine Elms Lane, London SW8 5NQ or on 0207 627 9190.