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Workplace Health Interventions

No Smoking

Workplace Health is about helping employers and employees to be healthy and happy in the workplace. A healthy workforce is important to have a strong economy. Healthy and happy employees are less likely to take sick leave and be more productive in work.
 

What can you do to support your employees?

If you are an employer there are positive and proactive steps you can take to protect your workforce from smoking and tobacco and support smokers within your workforce to get help and support to quit smoking. If your employees live or work in Tameside they are eligible to free NHS specialist stop smoking support from Be Well Tameside.

Displaying information about smoking and stop smoking services in the workplace such as in staff rooms is a great idea to get your employees to think about quitting smoking.

Smokers are 4 times more likely to quit smoking with specialist support such as Be Well Tameside. Stopping smoking is one of the single best things you can do to improve your health and wellbeing. It makes sense to keep your employees as healthy and happy as possible. Call Be Well Tameside on 0161 716 2000, or email bewelltameside@nhs.net for FREE support and advice to quit smoking.
 

The law on smoking:

Smoking is not allowed in any enclosed workplace, public building or on public transport in the UK.

Penalty for smoking in the workplace:
Workers can be fined up to £200 or up to £50 in Scotland.

The law does not apply to e-cigarettes and employers can decide if e-cigarettes are to be used on their premises.
 

Businesses must:

  • Display ‘no smoking’ signs in all workplaces and vehicles
  • Ensure people don’t smoking in enclosed work premises or shared vehicles
  • Make sure staff do not smoke in staff rooms- smokers must go outside to smoke
 
Businesses can be fined up to £2,500 if they do not stop people smoking in the workplace or up to £1,000 if they do not display ‘no smoking’ signs.
 

Smoking in work vehicles

 
Smoking is not allowed in any work vehicle that more than one person uses such as:
 
  • Taxis
  • Buses
  • Vans
  • Goods vehicles used by more than one driver
  • Company cars used by more than one employee
 
Simply opening the windows when smoking in a car before another person gets in still exposes them to second-hand smoke. More than 80% of smoke is invisible.
 
 
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