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Rules to follow for outdoor designated smoking areas
It still amazes me how so many employers still don't comply with smoking laws. We've recently just moved to a new office park and I've noticed that there aren't any designated smoking areas in the building. So our smoking employees have been using the balconies in the office for their smoke breaks.
Smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas. But did you know there are rules you have to comply with for these areas?
For instance, your designated smoking area must not be next to an entrance to your premises.
Did you also know you must have smoking signs displayed in your designated smoking area and that these smoking signs must comply with five rules?
For example, you must display the 'SMOKING AREA' sign at the entrance to a designated smoking area. This must be written in black letters, be at least 2cm in height, 1.5cm in breadth, on a white background.
Is your designated smoking area at least 5m away from non-smoking employees?
If not, then you better get R50,000 ready to pay a non-compliance penalty
To find out more about the rules you have to comply with for designated smoking areas and the signs you have to display, check out Smoking in the workplace: Your A-Z guide to being 100% compliant with smoking legislation.Until next time,