4. Compliance management
An effective smoke-free workplace policy should contain a clear statement on the consequences of non-compliance with the policy.
Compliance should be encouraged rather than enforced. Employees should be given the opportunity to identify appropriate disciplinary outcomes, should non-compliance become an issue.
Contractors and visitors should be also be clearly informed of the smoke-free workplace policy. This can be achieved using smoke-free workplace information on correspondence (such as email signature blocks), no-smoking signs placed to ensure maximum visibility and as part of induction or safety training.
- Queensland Health environmental health officers and Queensland police officers have the authority to enforce Queensland tobacco laws and issue an on-the-spot fine if a person is found to be in breach of the legislation. If you wish to report a breach of the tobacco laws or obtain information, contact 13 QGOV (13 7468).
Below are suggested steps for dealing with someone who isn’t complying with your smoke-free workplace policy:
- Inform the person that your workplace has a smoke-free policy and that smoking is either not permitted at all or only allowed in designated smoking areas.
- Ask the person to either extinguish the cigarette and dispose of it properly or move to a designated smoking area.
- If the person refuses to comply with your request, outline the disciplinary procedure (for employees) or ask the person to leave the premises (contractors and visitors).