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If you don't protect your employees from second hand smoke you'll have to answer to the DoL

by , 25 July 2013
Do you have a chain smoker in your workplace? You know that guy who takes a 10 minute smoke break every 30 minutes! He lights up his cigarette as he leaves the building and puts it out as he comes back in. His workmates mumble and frown because he smells of nicotine each time he walks by.

It's like a long and heavy cloud of smoke trailing behind him like a superhero's cape. Did you know this second hand smoke can make your other employees seriously ill and when this happens you'll have to answer to the DoL!

But what's the big deal about second hand smoke?

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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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If you don't protect your employees from second hand smoke you'll have to answer to the DoL
 
When your smoking employee walks back into the office after a smoke, he carries the smoke chemicals with him. This smoke can stay in his hair and clothes for hours and so stay in the air around him! This affects your employees who don't smoke and makes them more likely to get allergies, asthma and bronchitis. This'll affect productivity, absenteeism and not to mention it'll put you in the line of fire with the DoL because you didn't comply with the Tobacco Product Controls Act (TPCA).
 
Here's three ways you can protect your employees from second hand smoke!

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Three ways you can protect your employees from second hand smoke
 
  1. Make sure you have a smoking policy in your company that every employee has signed and understood. Whether you allow smoking in your company you must have a smoking policy. It'll help you make it clear to everyone where you company stands with smoking and how to discipline employees who don't comply. The TPCA says you must have a written policy for smoking in the workplace (TPCA 1999 amendment). In fact, if you don't provide this right, the TCPA can fine you up to R100 000!

  1. If you're going to allow smoking in your workplace, make sure you designate smoking areas that's at least 5 meters away from non smoking employees. Your designated smoking areas must comply with the requirements of the TPCA laws and regulations. Go to chapter S01 of the Health and Safety Advisor to find out the requirements of your designated smoking area.

  1. Finally you need to put up smoking signs around your premises. This'll let everyone know where to find your designated smoking areas and where they're not allowed to smoke. If your employees aren't sure of what the signs mean you need to train them! The Safety Signs module will help you train your employees so they'll comply with the law! Turn to S04 of the Health and Safety Training Manual and train your employees on safety signs.
 
When you implement these three things you'll be sure to protect your non smoking employees from second hand smoke!
 
Keep safe,
MM
Miriro Matema
Managing Editor: Health and Safety Training Manual
 
P.S.
Is your smoking policy up to date? Get yours here and save yourself the trouble of compiling it yourself!

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