Smoke Free Workplace Policy

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					Smoke-free Workplace Policy

For adoption by Whitby Community College Governing
Body on 23 November 2009 following a recommendation
by the Local Authority in their Review of 13-14 October
2009


Contents                                                   Page

Introduction                                               2
Aims                                                       2
Scope                                                      2
Background Information                                     3
The Policy and Regulations                                 4
Residential establishments                                 5
Third party premises                                       6
Implementation and enforcement                             6
Complaints                                                 6




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        Smoke-free Workplace

        Introduction

        In 2007, smoking became prohibited in all public places in England and the new law
        has been successfully implemented. The general public has welcomed smoke free
        public places as an environmental enhancement and North Yorkshire County Council
        fully support these developments.

        1.0        North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) is committed to an effective
                   approach to safeguarding the health and well being of all employees and
                   others involved with the delivery of Council services. To this end NYCC:

                     Recognises its duty to provide safe and healthy working conditions and
                      service delivery environments, by prohibiting smoking in all its
                      workplaces, enclosed and substantially enclosed spaces and vehicles
                     Employees are asked to not smoke while in NYCC grounds
                     Recognises the significant evidence detailing the harmful effect on health
                      of smoking including passive smoking

        Aims

        2. 0       The aim of this policy is to:

                     Inform employees and managers of their responsibilities in respect of the
                      policy, and
                     Inform employees of the Health Act, 2006 which prohibits smoking in
                      public and substantially enclosed public places/premises
                     Protect the health of employees, service users, Elected Members, and
                      others visiting and using North Yorkshire County Council premises and
                      services by applying and enforcing the law
                     Support smokers and provide stop-smoking information where requested
                     Support customers and visitors in complying with both the Policy and the
                      legislation.


        Scope

        3.0        This policy applies to all employees of North Yorkshire County Council.
                   School Head teachers and Governing Bodies should adopt this policy or a
                   similar one for all school premises to be legally compliant.



the       In addition, the Health Act, 2006 that prohibits smoking in all public places and
      substantially enclosed public places sets out a number of offences related to breaches of
      the regulations. The County Council therefore, has a duty to ensure that elected
      members, visitors, service users, contractors and agency workers who enter the Council's
      owned or rented premises or vehicles are made aware of the smoke-free regulations in
      order to comply with them. Employee breaches will be treated as matter of misconduct.




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    Definitions of enclosed or substantially enclosed public places
    The Department of Health have prepared an easy to use guidance document
    ‘Everything you need to Prepare for the New Smoke free Law from 1 st July
    2007’ that includes definitions and examples of enclosed and substantially enclosed
    public places. The guidance also includes FAQS and can be found at
    http://www.smokefreeengland.co.uk


    The Law and Regulations
    4.0      The Health Act, 2006, provides five sets of smoke free regulations effective
             from 1st July, 2007 to which North Yorkshire County Council as an employer,
             service provider and building and premises’ owner/user must comply:
              The Smoke-free (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations
              The Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations
              The Smoke-free (Exemptions and Vehicles) Regulations
              The Smoke-free (Penalties and Discounted Amounts) Regulations
              The Smoke-free (Vehicle Operators and Penalty Notices) Regulations


    No-smoking signs in smoke free premises

    4.1      The Health Act, 2006 places a legal duty on persons who occupy or manage
             smoke-free premises to display no-smoking signs that meet requirements set
             out in the regulations. Under the Health Act it will be against the law not to
             display the required no-smoking signs (from 1st July 2007). An easy to use
             guidance document is available from the Department of Health website
             http://www.smokefreeengland.co.uk (‘Everything you need to Prepare for
             the New Smoke Free Law on 1st July 2007’)
    4.2      Therefore, as part of their duties, officers responsible for buildings
             and managers responsible for sections, areas or units will be
             expected to make sure that no-smoking signs are displayed. Details
             of how to obtain posters are given below.


    DETAILS OF HOW TO OBTAIN SIGNS/POSTERS
   The minimum size for no smoking signs is A5 and 70mms for the no-smoking symbol
    itself
1. The County Hall Print Unit will provide both building and vehicle signs and direct
   orders can placed by calling 01609 532904
2. No smoking signs can be ordered up to maximum quantities of 50 per order from
   the Smokefreeengland.co.uk website, or email order@smokefreeengland.co.uk or
   telephone 0800 169 1697. These are free of charge.




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4.3         Legal enforcement
 Where breaches take place the Health Act, 2006 provides the following which
applies to employees, managers, Elected Members, clients, contractors and any
other person on NYCC premises in the smoke-free areas:
          The offence of smoking in a smoke-free place will be a summary conviction
           and fine up to £200 or a fixed penalty notice of £50
          Where an employer fails to display no-smoking signs they may receive a
           summary conviction and a fine of up to £1,000 or a fixed notice penalty of
           £200
          The offence of failing to prevent smoking in a smoke-free place will be
           a summary conviction and fine up to £2,500


The policy and regulations


5.0    In addition to section 4.0-4.3, the following will apply and any breach of the
       regulations by employees will be treated as a conduct issue:
          Employees are asked not to smoke while in NYCC grounds
          Smoking is prohibited in all NYCC owned/rented/ controlled buildings, and
           all enclosed or substantially enclosed public places. (Refer to Residential
           Establishments for exceptions (6.0))
          Smoking is prohibited in NYCC owned and hired vehicles including pool cars
           and any vehicle used for NYCC business as a public space.
          Where staff are paid an allowance and transport staff, other personnel,
           clients other passengers smoking in the vehicle will be prohibited
          Where staff use lease cars the above will apply
          Staff will not take smoking breaks or clock out using flexi-working time
           during the working day in order to take smoke breaks
          Managers will not allow staff to take smoking breaks or to clock out during
           the working day in order to take smoke breaks
          Staff who do smoke are prohibited from smoking in or near NYCC
           doorways, entrances and exits to NYCC owned and controlled buildings.
           Instead staff who smoke are urged to smoke elsewhere and preferably not
           on County Council premises or grounds.

          Where a building is shared, North Yorkshire County Council will request
           that the policy is adopted by other organisations and that the policy is
           applied to communal areas.

          The policy applies to all NYCC employees whether employed directly by the
           Council or seconded to other organisations. The Policy also applies to staff
           employed through an agency, by a contractor or by other organisations.




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         Electronic Cigarettes – For the purposes of this policy, the use of
         electronic cigarettes is to be regarded in the same way as tobacco cigarettes
         (i.e. they are not permitted to be used in any work related setting). This is
         because they may be unsettling to other employees – particularly those who
         are trying to give up smoking or have recently done so – and their use may
         be misinterpreted and/or cause alarm.


 Staff should also be considerate of the local communities in which they work and
not drop cigarette ends off site when they are smoking during their lunch break.

It is an offence under section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act, 1990 to throw
or drop litter. Local Authority Wardens have the power to issue penalty notices to
anyone caught littering and this can result in a fine of £2,500. The Police and private
individuals can also bring prosecution.




Residential establishments

6.0    NYCC recognises that residential establishments are residents' homes. But,
       they are also workplaces and the Council has a duty of care to employees and
       a responsibility not to place them in situations that could risk damage to
       health.

6.1    Residential services managers will carry out health and safety risk assessments
       to explore options to minimise risk to employees, service users and others
       visiting the establishment and will identify local solutions that balance needs
       and responsibilities. These risk assessments will require Director Approval.

6.2    Should a designated smoke-room be necessary in a residential home for the
       use of clients then it must be kept clean and adequately ventilated.
       Contaminated air must not enter the rest of the building

6.3    Smoking by residents is not permitted within Council premises, by entrances or
       exits to buildings, or within enclosed or substantially enclosed areas or where
       they are in view of the public, except in an approved designated room as
       above. A list of approved smoke-rooms will be maintained by the relevant
       Service Directorate.

6.4    Employees’ exposure to the exempted area outlined above should be kept to
       an absolute minimum. Employees should seek advice from their line manager
       who should take all reasonable steps to protect them from exposure to second
       hand smoke.

6.5    Day Service facilities will apply a similar approach.

Note: Designated smoking rooms in other establishments (including schools) are not
permitted under the Health Act or this Policy.




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  Third party premises

 7.0    Employees required to visit other premises as part of their duties, both
        commercial and domestic – including a service user’s home, should advise the
        occupant when arranging a visit of NYCC’s Smoke-free Workplace Policy.

        However, while the Council has a duty of care to protect its employees it
        cannot exert prohibitions in private dwellings. Employees should where
        possible, request that the occupant arrange for a non-smoking area to be
        provided for the duration of the visit.

 7.1    Where service users or other occupants do not respect this request and a
        solution cannot be agreed at that point the employee might, for this reason
        only, suspend the visit. However, prior to taking this action they should seek
        the advice and assistance of their line manager.

        Where the service is provided regularly, an arrangement with the service user
        should be agreed where at all possible for future and planned visits.
 7.2    If an employee identifies that they have a pre-existing health problem, which is
        made worse by exposure to smoke they should discuss this with their manager
        to make alternative arrangements where possible.



  Implementation and enforcement of the policy

 8.0    Each Corporate Director will be responsible for the promotion and maintenance
        of this ‘Smoke-free Workplace’ Policy. Guidance regarding responsibilities in
        relation to the policy and enforcement is available from the People Matters
        website in the Managers’ Information folder.

 8.1    The Council recognises that smoking is an addiction and aims to provide a
        supportive environment for those wishing to overcome it. Employees will
        therefore be permitted up to four hours of leave to access Smoking Cessation
        support with the NHS Stop Smoking Service, as a one-off provision, and would
        then use their own time.

 8.2    Visitors not adhering to the Policy will be asked to comply or leave the
        premises/grounds as they will be committing an offence for which they and the
        County Council will be liable.

 8.3    The policy will form part of new employees’ induction packs. Training and
        guidance to enforce the policy will form part of new manager’s induction.

 8.4    Line managers, the Health and Well Being Service, Health and Safety and HR
        Services will promote the smoking cessation support services offered.


 Complaints

8.6       If members of staff continue to smoke on NYCC premises during work time,
          or are observed littering areas on or off site complaints should be made to
          the Service Manager or Head of Service in which they work.



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Review of the policy

The Policy will be reviewed by North Yorkshire County Council’s Corporate Risk
Management Group twelve months after the date of implementation/revision.




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