What should my employer be doing about smoking at work?

Employers have to put up 'no smoking' signs or face a fine. The signs must be displayed at all entrances to premises and also in vehicles. The regulations were simplified in 2012, to give the employer more flexibility about the size and format of the signs, but the basic obligation – to display clear signage – remains unchanged. It is the responsibility of the employer or operator to ensure the signs are there.

Smoking in a smoke-free place and failing to prevent smoking in a smoke-free place are both offences. The latter generally applies to employers or occupiers of premises, but the government has also imposed a duty on the drivers of smoke-free vehicles to prevent smoking.

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