Why is it important to have a No Smoking Policy?
Smoke-free legislation was introduced in England in 2007, banning smoking in nearly all enclosed workplaces and public spaces.
Businesses have a duty to ensure the health and safety of its employees at work, therefore it is advisable to have in addition to a Health and Safety policy a No Smoking policy that sets out the rules to employees as to where they can smoke and what is expected of them.
Following research that confirmed the harmful effects of smoking to your health, including second hand smoke, the government introduced the Smoke Free law back in 2007. It was put in place to protect individuals not only in public places but of course in the workplace too.
Therefore it is important that you have a policy that confirms this legislation and your stance on smoking as an employer.
Our policy includes the strictly no smoking requirement in all of your company buildings and vehicles and the arrangements you have in place to accommodate smokers, such as external cigarette bins. Please note that there is a maximum penalty of £2500 for employers who don’t maintain a smoke free place and who don’t comply with the Smoke Free legislation.
HR Heroes No Smoking policy includes the below:
- The purpose and scope
- The policy
- The procedure