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Does your outdoor designated smoking area comply with these rules?

by , 23 April 2013
If you're the employer or person in control of your workplace, there are rules you must follow when you designate smoking areas.

Are you 100 % sure you're aware of all of them?

Let's take a look at what they are...

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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.

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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

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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,


Stay safe,

KN

Kerusha Narothan
Product Manager of the Health and Safety Advisor

P.S. Get your smoking policy today with your copy of Smoking in the workplace: Your A-Z guide to being 100% compliant with smoking legislation.

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