UKHospitality, the British Beer & Pub Association, the British Institute of Innkeeping and Hospitality Ulster have united to publish resources targeted at helping operators combat drink spiking and protect customers.
Reports of drink spiking have increased recently, including substances being added to people’s drinks without their knowledge.
While alcohol is the most comment substance added, illegal or legal drugs are often used, it has been reported.
The four trade bodies have together, produced a factsheet to bring all the information together in one place in a bid to help operators bolster the work they are already doing to ensure venues are safe places.
A joint statement said: “Drink spiking is a despicable crime and cannot be tolerated. Everyone has a right to feel safe during a night out, which is why as a sector we work hard to create a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment.
“Although the number of drink spiking reports remain low, any such incidents underline the need to protect the welfare and maintain the safety of customers. It is why we continue to collaborate with the police and other local stakeholders to ensure everyone can enjoy a fun night out.”
Advice includes three steps operators can take should an incident occur. The first step is to always act on the report and activate safeguarding procedures as well as acting to identify suspects.
Secondly, operators should ensure the health and safety of the impacted person such as calling the emergency services, ensuring they are with trusted friends who will look after them, offering assistance and providing them with a safe space.
Thirdly, the incident should be logged and recorded for the emergency services and to be able to take further internal action.
Available resources for operators can be received from a variety of sources including the Night-Time Industries Association, CPL Learning, Safer Sounds – WAVE Training, National Pubwatch and the Mayor of London.