Tools for breweries

This page contains the latest tools for breweries during the Covid-19 crisis. To return to the Covid-19 general page please visit the SIBA Covid page.

Working Safely

New guidance has been published to help employers, employees and the self-employed to work safely during the Covid-19 pandemic. These eight guides cover a range of different types of work and many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory or fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. For more information visit:

There is also a guide for travelling safely and you may want to consider sharing some of this advice with your employees who are still working:

Manufacturing sector guidance in Scotland

New guidance has been published for manufacturing sites in Scotland, including procedures to plan for, and maintain, a safe place for all.

The guidance is for manufacturing sites in Scotland and came into effect from yesterday (26 May 2020), extending until further notice. More information here.

Template letter for brewery employees

While we have not heard many reports of brewery staff or delivery drivers being stopped by local police or council staff this may be something that happens should the lockdown measures be increased. Therefore we think it is prudent for all breweries to give members of staff a letter which they can carry on their person as proof they are carrying out work on behalf of your brewery, and for travelling to and from work. You can download the template letter by clicking here.

The Secretary of State for Business has issued an open letter stating that manufacturing is a critical part of our economy and there are no restriction on manufacturing continuing under the current rules. (To read the letter in full please click here.)

Risk Assessment Template

Mark Salmon at Bays Brewery has produced a risk assessment template, who has said he is happy for us to share it with fellow brewers.

This document is just a starting point for breweries to conduct their own assessments to ensure that they operate their business safely during the current pandemic.

It is important that it is made specific to individual breweries to ensure that their specific workplace controls are implemented.

To download the template click here

Food Standards Agency (FSA) collated guidance

The FSA has collated guidance for food businesses operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The guidance pulls together information for food manufacturers, restaurants and takeaways and the farming and agriculture sectors. It covers a range of areas, including social distancing, cleaning and staff training, and outlines the hygiene processes and requirements food businesses must follow as they develop new ways of working.

Taking action now to prepare for business life post lockdown

SIBA members PKF Geoffrey Martin & Co have produced a further guide aimed at improving your business’s resilience post lockdown by assisting members address the many available options now, rather than later.  This guide may be accessed via this link.  A direct confidential email helpline is available at the end the guide.

Digital guidance

NCSC has published guidance to support businesses moving from physical to digital delivery as part of the ongoing Covid-19 response. The guidance has been created specifically to support businesses who are relying more heavily on IT services to run their business.

The NCSC is committed to equipping all UK businesses with the best cyber security advice. The support package includes guidance on home workingvideo teleconferencing and spotting email scams related to Covid-19. All additional and pre-existing guidance for business can be found on the NCSC webpage.

The above and all other guidance available via: