World No Tobacco Day has been marked around the globe since 1987, says TheJerusalemPost.
This year, Israel's Health Ministry is taking a hard line by announcing that it'll visit hospitals, swimming pools, bus and train stations, government offices, wedding halls and other spots to catch smokers in the act.
Even more drastic?
Not only will the smokers themselves be fined, but also the owners of the premises where the violations are carried out.
And you'll face similar sanctions in South Africa.
That's because the Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA)
says you can choose to allow smoking in the workplace – but if you do, you must make sure your smoking area meets certain criteria or you'll also face penalties, says FSPBusiness.
Protect your non-smoking employees from second-hand smoke to comply with the Tobacco Products Control Act!
Key among these is that 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, says Kerusha Narothan, Product Manager of the Health and Safety Advisor.
That's because second hand smoke is extremely harmful.
And under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), you have a legal obligation to protect your employees' health and safety.
By considering the health and safety of your non-smoking employees if you allow smoking in your workplace, you can avoid hefty fines of up to R100,000 for non-compliance.
Another way to limit exposure to second-hand smoke if your business has a designated smoking area…
To do, you must also make sure that the designated smoking area is separated from the rest of the workplace by a solid partition, says FSPBusiness
By following these two steps you'll be complying with the Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA
), and making sure your non-smoking employees aren't exposed to second-hand smoke.
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