Legal Article - Health & Safety

Health and Safety: Smoking in the Workplace

Since July 2007, it has become illegal to smoke in the workplace. The ban applies to all work places including work vehicles, offices and canteens. The ban also applies to public places, transport, restaurants, pubs, cafes and shops.

The ban extends to any public area that is wholly enclosed or substantially enclosed.

Employers must display 'no smoking' signs in all premises and within company vehicles and take reasonable steps to ensure that the staff, customers and visitors are aware of the restrictions.

If you are to permit smoking outside then it should be made clear, in writing, where that smoking area is situated. There is no requirement to provide such an area and / or a shelter for staff.


Published: 21 Mar 2011


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