Safe to Trade Scheme

Build consumer confidence and speed up the recovery of your business, from as little as £455

Our much-loved hospitality industry has been severely affected by the current pandemic. That is why we have created the Safe to Trade Scheme (STTS), and why we are giving 10% of the Scheme’s profit back to our chosen charity, Hospitality Action.

We are here to help, to support the rebuild and to protect our great industry.

Safe to Trade Scheme purpose

Developed by a team of Safety Practitioners and leading industry experts, and administered by Shield Safety Group.

The Safe to Trade charter is designed to:

  • Instil employee and consumer confidence that the business has gone above and beyond the Government guidance, with a feedback & performance rating system for transparency and continual improvement
  • Enable businesses to reopen safely, with ongoing checks and monitoring through compliance controls via our award-winning software and app
  • Independently verify and validate, providing context and evidence that a business is taking safety performance seriously
  • Allow businesses to demonstrate their commitment to trading safely, through robust compliance controls

How it works

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Customer and workforce feedback

Ongoing monitoring

Unlimited access to COVID-19 advice line

What you get

Business receives welcome email

containing self-assessment, FAQ, access to e-Learning

Assessor reviews your self assessment

Business receives audit report

Pass or Improvements required

Business receives media pack

containing window sticker, certificate, web pack

What you do

Business completes the self assessment

containing COVID-19 risk assessment, self assessment checklist, health declaration & re-opening checks

Business attends remoute audit

with SSG auditor

Business closes any non-conformances

verified by auditor

Safe to trade register status

Awaiting Assessment


Improvements required

What is included?

Join the Safe to Trade Scheme and, you will immediately access to a
range of services and guidance from our expert team of safety practitioners:

  • Access award-winning compliance software through our App
    Remote management of due diligence checklists and ongoing compliance controls
  • COVID-19 eLearning and training for managers
    Protect your business from the risks associated with COVID-19 with in-depth training for managers within your business
  • Access the COVID-19 Advice Line
    Expert advice from our seasoned Environmental Health Practitioners
  • Remote Audit against the Safe to Trade charter
    Perform safety due diligence and provide evidence to customers and colleagues that their safety is now a commitment
  • Media Pack
    Official Registered Status c/o Display Certificate, Window Sticker and Registered Certification Marque to display your Safe to Trade status and reassure consumers & colleagues
  • Listed on the Safe to Trade Register, available to Local Authorities
    Proof of a commitment to managing COVID-19 within your business and your continued commitment to safety performance

Your performance rating and feedback

The Safe to Trade Scheme is bridging the gap between Government guidance and tangible action for recovery. Critically, it encourages businesses to capture employee and customer feedback, in the form of best practice and alleged breaches, to improve the continual cycle of improvement.

This process will allow continual feedback to help businesses improve and increase standards, whilst building and extending consumer confidence and trust.

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