This policy has been developed to protect all employees, service users, customers and visitors from exposure to secondhand smoke and to assist compliance with the Health Act 2006.
Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer, heart disease and other serious illnesses. Ventilation or seperating smokers and non-smokers within the same airspace does not completely stop potentially dangerous exposure.
It is the policy of gne that all our workplaces are smokefree, and all employees have a right to work in a smokefree environment. The policy is in effect already for this site. Smoking is prohibited across the entire site. This policy now includes company vehicles also. This policy applies to all employees, consultants, contractors, customers or members and visitors.
Overall responsibility for policy implementation and review rests with Sarah Tomkinson, HR & PR Manager. However all staff are obliged to adhere to, and support the implementation of the policy. The person named above shall inform all existing employees, consultants and contractors of the policy and their role in the implementation and monitoring of the policy. They will also give all new personnel a copy of the policy on recruitment/induction. Appropriate 'no-smoking' signs will be clearly displayed at the entrances to and within the premises, and in all smokefree vehicles.
Local disciplinary procedures will be followed if a member of staff does not comply with this policy. Those who do not comply with the smokefree law may also be liable to a fixed penalty fine and possible criminal prosecution.
Help to Stop Smoking
The NHS offers a free range of services to help smokers give up. Visit gosmokefree.nhs.uk or call the NHS Smoking Helpline on 0800 169 0 169 for details. Alternatively you can text 'GIVE UP' and your full postcode to 88088 to find your local NHS Stop Smoking Service.
1st May 2007