In a domestic environment you, as the host, are the person who should ensure that sensible Health and Safety procedures are in place. There are basic rules that you already know, others you may need to be reminded about. The correct way to lift a heavy box from the floor or to reach an object above head height are two good examples.

Accidents at home can be prevented by being constantly vigilant and aware. Constantly ask yourself: Is it safe? In business this is called “risk assessment”. It is an action you need to think about ahead of any activities. There are no rules and regulations just common sense.

The kitchen is a particularly accident prone area in the home. Failing to read the label or instructions is something that we are all guilty of at one time or another. The danger is even greater if there are children in the house. We are responsible for the health and safety of everyone in our household.

The Royal Society of Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) offers some good advice and is a very useful source of information.


It is good practice to ask your guests to advise you of any allergy, especially nuts.


This is not a health and safety issue, but it is important to know beforehand, like the above, you would not want this information to be sprung on you at the last moment. Be aware that there are different types of vegetarians.

Likes and Dislikes:

Although it is not always easy to please everyone it is better be prepared, just in case.

Home Business:

If you are conducting a Home Catering Service as described on the Food Hygiene page and you take on extra people to help you, are obliged to follow the same rules and procedures as laid down by the Food Standards Agency. You are responsible for providing a safe environment for yourself and everyone else involved in working from your home business. This is even more important for the outside catering provider. Invariably, there are cases where the fire extinguisher, the fire blanket or even the first aid box are not always included in the equipment list to be transported on site.

When it comes to Health and Safety, there are no shortcuts worth considering.

The Health and Safety Executive website is a great source of information and a useful tool for anyone working from home.

As much as you wish your guests to have a jolly good time… you also wish for them to go home in one piece.