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Get serious about a smoking policy and start saving lives today!

by , 15 May 2013
Did you know that tobacco kills 6 million people every year, of which more than 600 000 are people exposed to second-hand smoke?

Remember, as the person responsible for health and safety in the workplace you must provide and maintain a work environment that's without risk to your employees. It brings to light your responsibilities around smoking in the workplace.

If you've got a designated smoking area in your workplace or you're thinking of setting up a designated smoking area then you need to know what the requirements are. Let me tell you more...

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7 requirements for designated smoking area
  1. The smoking area must not be more than 25% of the total floor area of the workplace.
  2. The smoking area must be separated from the rest of the workplace by a solid partition and an entrance door on which the sign 'SMOKING AREA' is displayed.
  3. The smoking area must have ventilation that ensures the air from the smoking area is pumped to the outside and not re-circulated to any other area in the workplace.
  4. At the entrance to the smoking area, the following message needs to be displayed:


SMOKING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS IS HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH AND THE

HEALTH OF CHILDREN, PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING WOMEN AND

NON-SMOKERS. FOR HELP TO QUIT PHONE

(011) 720 3145.

  1. The sign mentioned above for the smoking area must be written in black letters on a white background – the letters must be at least 2cm high and 1.5cm wide.
  2. Notices and signs indicating areas where smoking is permitted and where it isn't permitted must be permanently displayed.
  3. Signs indicating that smoking is not permitted must carry the following warning:


ANY PERSON WHO FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THIS NOTICE SHALL BE PROSECUTED AND MAY BE LIABLE TO A FINE

Make sure your designated smoking area complies with the prescribed requirements Under the Tobacco Products Controls Act or you could face prosecution!
 

Stay safe!

Kerusha Narothan
Product Manager: Health and Safety Training Manual

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