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Work from home? Here's how smoking regulations affect you

by , 27 May 2013
In terms of the Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA), if you work in a private dwelling, like your own where the building or room is mainly used as a residence, this won't be considered as a workplace. As a result, smoking will be allowed in this private dwelling. But, there are two exceptions to this rule. Read on to find out what they are so you can comply and avoid hefty fines.

If you think just because you work from home you're exempt from smoking regulations, you're wrong.

The TPCA restricts smoking in public and certain private places including your home office.

But only under these two conditions.

Two smoking restrictions you must adhere to if your work from home

Smoking isn't allowed in a private dwelling where you use it for:

  1. Commercial child care activities; and for
  2. Schooling.

'In these circumstances, a person can only smoke in a designated smoking area. This area must comply with the prescribed requirements of a designated smoking area,' warns The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.

This includes ensuring no one smokes outside the designated smoking area. You must also have a notice in the area that says 'the area is a designated outdoor smoking area and that no person under the age of 18 is allowed in the smoking area.'

According to the TPCA, you could pay up to R50 000 in penalties if you fail to do this.

If you work from home, ensure you adhere to these smoking restrictions to avoid hefty fines.

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