This policy has been developed to protect all staff and volunteers, and all of those who visit our premises and use our services from the detrimental effects of exposure to secondhand smoke and to make sure that we are complying with the requirements of the Health Act 2006. We know that exposure to second hand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer, heart disease and other serious illnesses and so we are keen to offer help and support to any member of staff or volunteers to help them give up smoking.
Although the use of e-cigarettes falls outside the scope of the smoke free legislation, it is our decision to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes for all staff and volunteers on Hospice premises as the long term health risks of e-cigarettes are still unknown, and we want to make every effort to promote a healthy environment.
The smoke free legislation covers the public areas of Hospice in the Weald, this includes the hospice building in Pembury, the shops and warehouses and any hospice vehicles – all Hospice property. Sitting rooms, dining areas, reception areas, corridors and all other communal areas which are enclosed places and structures which are ‘substantially enclosed’ are legally required to be smoke free.
In addition work vehicles used by more than one person also have to be smoke free. With the exception of the smoking conservatory and smoking shelter (car park) which are signposted “Designated Smoking Area” all other areas are no smoking areas and are signposted as such.
The above is an extract from our Smoking policy. To continue reading the full document, please click here.