The Occupational Health and Safety Act 1983 requires that every employee while at work

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					OCC03              CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY - ADMINISTRATION MANUAL                                 OCC03

                              SMOKING IN THE WORKPLACE POLICY

This version issued: 1 February 2001                                    Page 1 of 2
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As approved by the Board of Governors on 3 July 1991 (BG91/107) and amended on 12 March 1999,
(BG99/9).

1.      STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS

        Smoke-free area means any enclosed public place, including any place or part of a place,
        such as a university.

        CLAUSE 6 (1)(2) and Schedule 1, Smoke-free Environment Act 2000

        "A person must not smoke in a smoke-free area."

        CLAUSE 7 (1), Smoke-free Environment Act 2000

        “Every employer shall ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.”

        SECTION 15 (1), Occupational Health and Safety Act 1983

        “Every employer shall ensure that persons not in his employment are not exposed to risks to
        their health or safety arising from the conduct of his undertaking whilst they are at his place of
        work.”

        SECTION 16 (1), Occupational Health and Safety Act 1983

        The Occupational Health and Safety Act 1983 requires that every employee while at work
        shall:

        (a)     take reasonable care for the health and safety of persons at their place of work; and

        (b)     as regards any requirement imposed in the interests of health, safety and welfare on
                his employer, cooperate with him so far as is necessary to enable that requirement to
                be complied with.

        SECTION 19, Occupational Health and Safety Act 1983

2.      INTRODUCTION

        The University is seeking to create a smoke-free working environment.

        Cigarette smoking is a risk factor. It is not just mainstream smoke (smoke drained through a
        cigarette and taken in by the smoker) but side stream smoke (which arises from smouldering
        tobacco and passes directly into surrounding air) which is implicated in this public health issue.
        Non-smokers, who comprise two-thirds of the adult population, may be harmed by
        second-hand tobacco smoke. The hazards range from immediate reactions, such as eye
        irritation, headaches and asthma exacerbations to long term serious effects. Non-smokers
        exposed may develop lung cancer and may lose lung capacity. Some employees already
        suffering from respiratory diseases or allergies may be at increased risk in a smoke-filled
        environment.

        In keeping with its duty of care obligations, the University is seeking to introduce initiatives on
        smoking that will accommodate and protect the health and safety of its employees. It is not
        intended to discriminate in any way against employees who smoke.

3.      POLICY ON SMOKING IN THE WORKPLACE
OCC03             CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY - ADMINISTRATION MANUAL                             OCC03

                              SMOKING IN THE WORKPLACE POLICY

This version issued: 1 February 2001                                    Page 2 of 2
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        Smoking is banned in buildings erected on the property of the University or leased by the
        University. It is also prohibited in doorways and near windows and air conditioning systems.

        Smoking is banned in motor vehicles owned or leased by the University. Drivers of such
        vehicles shall be responsible for ensuring that the ban is enforced

4.      IMPLEMENTATION OF THE POLICY

        Heads of devolved units, schools and departments, as well as managers and supervisors
        shall be responsible for implementing the policy in the areas under their control. Employees
        who are concerned about non-compliance with the policy should approach their supervisor or
        head of department at the first instance. Where such action does not result in resolution of
        the problem, employees should contact the Division of Human Resources who can advise the
        relevant supervisor or head of department of the requirements of the policy.

5.      ASSISTANCE TO SMOKERS ADJUSTING TO THE POLICY

        5.1     Smoking Cessation Programs

                The University will grant sick leave to an employee up to a maximum of five (5)
                working days in any period of one (1) year to attend smoking cessation courses, and
                will provide information on courses available outside working hours.

                The Division of Human Resources will provide advice and assistance to employees on
                details of smoking cessation programs conducted in their local area.

        5.2     Counselling

                It is recognised that the implementation of this policy may create difficulty for some
                employees who smoke. Where such employees elect to seek counselling to adjust
                their smoking habits in order to comply with this policy, the University will provide
                assistance in making arrangements for the employees to seek counselling under the
                Employee Assistance Program or allied programs

				
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