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BC’s Responsible Beverage Service Program

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Alcohol and the Law


Responsibility on the Premises

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The first duty of the licensee and staff is to provide a safe environment for patrons and staff members alike. This involves control of the establishment’s physical environment and ambience. There is an obligation to ensure that the physical layout and condition of the premises don’t lead to injury to those who enter. This duty is imposed by the Occupiers Liability Act and applies to any premises (licensed or not) where people are permitted to enter. The law requires a licensed establishment to take special precautions to keep the premises reasonably safe for people who have been consuming alcohol.