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Five signage rules for your company's smoking areas

If you have designated smoking areas in your workplace, pay attention! In terms of the Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA), you're obligated to take steps to protect your non-smoking employees from the cigarettes of smoking employees. Read on to find out five rules for signage in designated smoking areas to ensure you reduce the health and safety risks.

If you allow smoking in your workplace, you must follow the rules that apply to outdoor smoking areas. This is to ensure you reduce the health and safety risks that smoking poses to your non-smoking employees.

Failure to do this could result in fines of between R50 000 and R100 000 for non-compliance in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

But, do you know the rules that apply to signs in designated smoking areas?

Make sure your company's smoking areas adhere to these five signage rules in smoking areas

  • As an employer, you may designate part of the outdoor area of your premises as smoking area.
  • Only permit smoking in that area and in no other part of the workplace.
  • Display a notice in the area that says 'the area is a designated outdoor smoking area and that no person under the age of 18 is allowed in the smoking area,' says the Health and Safety Advisor.
  • You can have more than one designated outdoor smoking area at your premises.
  • Clearly mark any outdoor area designated for smoking with signs.
  • Remember, it's your responsibility to ensure no one smokes outside the designated smoking area. According to the TPCA, you could pay up to R50,000 in penalties if you let employees smoke in prohibited smoking areas.
Following these rules for outdoor smoking areas will ensure you and your employees are compliant with the TPCA. You'll also reduce the health and safety risks that smoking poses to your non smoking employees.

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