NO SMOKING SIGNS
Just to remind you that from 6.00am on 2nd April 2007, the smoking ban came into force in Wales. The smoking ban extends to England with effect from 1st July 2007.
Requirement to Display No Smoking Signs
The law states that every business and organisation will need to take all reasonable precautions to ensure that employees, customers and other visitors do not smoke on their premises, when the smoking ban comes into force on 1st July 2007.
You are required to display signs in any premises covered by the law (namely premises that are wholly or substantially enclosed). These signs must be able to be seen and read by anyone in, or approaching the premises.
Signs must be:
- At least A5 size (210mm x 148mm)
- Display the international ‘No Smoking’ symbol at least 70mm diameter
- State: “No smoking: It is against the law to smoke in these premises” (The word ‘premises’ can be changed to the type of business (e.g. this hotel)
- Display the name of the person to whom a complaint may be made by anyone who observes someone smoking
In limited circumstances a sign containing the ‘no-smoking symbol’ alone (i.e. without the wording) “may” be displayed in a prominent position INSTEAD of a no-smoking symbol with wording. This option applies at either:
(a) an entrance to smoke-free premises from other smoke-free premises (e.g. a shop within an indoor shopping centre, or an office within a multi-occupancy building);
(b) an entrance which is solely for workers to enter their place of work, where that place is in premises which have another entrance at which there is displayed in a prominent position a sign with the wording. (e.g.. employee entrance at rear of the premises)
Vehicles which are used to transport members of the public and/or used in the course of paid or voluntary work by more than one person (regardless of whether they are in the vehicle at the same time) are required to be smoke free and must display a no-smoking sign in each compartment of the vehicle in which people can be carried. This must show the international no-smoking symbol and be at least 70mm in diameter.
Failure to display no smoking signs in smoke-free premises and vehicles: a fixed penalty notice of £200 (discounted to £150 if paid within 15 days from the issue of a notice) or a fine of up to £1000.
Stay tuned for further guidance on impact on work plans, employees etc.