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Outdoor smoking area rules for workplace

If you so wish, you are entitled to ban smoking in the workplace. You're under no obligation. It's completely up to you.

If you do, you'll need to put in place a designated smoking area. This goes for outdoor areas as well.

What's more, you'll need to ensure full compliance with the Tobacco Controls Act (TCA).

Having said that, here are seven rules that you NEED to know when it comes to outdoor smoking areas:

Rule#1:

When you identify and designate an outdoor area, you have to ensure that it is nowhere near an entrance to the premises.

Rule#2:

You need to choose an outdoor smoking area that won't allow smoke to enter the office building.

Rule#3:

The ventilation of the outdoor smoking must allow for any smoke to be immediately exhausted into the atmosphere without any smoke entering and circulating the office building.

Rule#4:

Your outdoor smoking area must be designated for smoking ONLY.

Rule#5:

You need to display the message: 'SMOKING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS IS HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH AND TO THE HEALTH OF CHILDREN, PREGNANT OR BREASTFEDDING WOMEN AND NON SMOKERS.

Rule#6:

Discourage smokers from staying in the area for too long. In other words, simply accommodate their smoking of a cigarette and nothing else.

Don't place chairs, entertainment, food, refreshments or anything like that.

So, there were six important rules to keep in mind when it comes to your outdoor smoking areas. This is of course is you choose to allow one.

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