1. Guidance for businesses
Smokefree legislation states that all enclosed or substantially closed public places and workplaces, including work vehicles, must be smoke free.
Smokefree premises and vehicles
The following must be smokefree compliant:
- premises the public have access to (eg. pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes, community facilities, etc)
- every workplace where more than one person works, or where members of the public may go to seek or receive goods or services
- premises which are being used wholly or mainly for providing education, health or care services
- public transport
- work vehicles that are used by more than one person (eg. vans, lorries and taxi's)
Duty of the business owner or employer
Business owners and employers must:
- ensure that appropriate no smoking signage is displayed
- take all reasonable and practical steps to ensure that the legislation is followed in their premises and vehicles
- ensure that all staff, both existing and new starters are made aware of your smokefree policy
It is not a legal obligation for an employer or business to provide a smoking shelter. If a smoking shelter is provided, consideration must be given to the location with regard to possible noise, light and smell nuisance. It must be at least 50% open sided to avoid the shelter becoming substantially enclosed. This may need planning permission, or if the premises are licensed, a change to the licensing conditions.
Offer support to staff to stop smoking
Work with staff offering support and guidance to help them quit smoking altogether.
Devon Stop Smoking Service on 01884 836024 or the NHS Stop Smoking Helpline on 0800 169 0 169 or asking for advice regarding local Stop Smoking sessions and services from the GP.
Failure to comply with the law
Upon investigation or inspection, if you fail to comply with the law you could be subject to a fine.