Ban smoking at work says business

November 2004
Management Services;Nov2004, Vol. 48 Issue 11, p7
Academic Journal
This article deals with a 2004 Croner survey of British employers on the implementation of a smoking ban at work. It found that 68 percent think a ban would be fair way of achieving a smoke-free workplace, although half say it would be difficult to implement. Tobacco smoking in the workplace may result in health and safety hazards for the workforce and employers must follow practical guidelines to minimise the risk of fire, discomfort to others and health risks. But banning workplace smoking altogether is currently not compulsory and depends on company policy. A complete workplace smoking ban would prevent employees smoking in rest-areas, communal areas such as the canteen or kitchen, as well as outside in company grounds and car parks. When drafting a smoking policy, Croner offers pieces of advice. It is important to review current workplace practice with regard to smoking. Using this information, a risk assessment should be carried out to identify if smoking is a health and safety problem. The risk assessment will determine if a complete ban is best, or other options such as a designated smoking room, segregated smoking area, or perhaps restricting smoking to private offices. Employees should be consulted before drafting, implementing or changing the policy.


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