Smoke Free Policy

Purpose

This smoke free policy has been developed to protect all employees, customers, suppliers and visitors from exposure to secondhand smoke and to assist compliance with the Health Action 2006.

Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer, heart disease and other serious illnesses. Ventilation or separating smokers and non-smokers within the same air space does not completely stop potentially dangerous exposure.

Policy

It is the policy of Reagent Ltd that our workplace is smoke-free, and all employees have a right to work in a smoke-free environment. The policy came into effect on Sunday 1 July 2007. Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed and substantially enclosed premises in the workplace. This includes company vehicles. This policy applied to all employees, customers, suppliers, contractors and visitors.

Implementation

Overall responsibility for policy implementation and review rests with the Managing Director. However, all staff are obliged to adhere to and support the implementation of the policy. The person named above shall inform all existing employees 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 as part of their Induction Training.

Appropriate “no-smoking” signs are clearly displayed at the entrances to and within the premises, and in all smoke-free vehicles.

Non-compliance

Local disciplinary procedures will be followed if a member of staff does not comply with this policy. Those who do not comply with the smoke-free law may also be liable to a fixed penalty fine and possible criminal prosecution.

Help to stop smoking

The NHS offers a range of free services to help smokers give up. Visit gosmokefree.co.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.