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.

Tobacco legislation

    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).

Handling non-compliance

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).

See: policy review

Please note: this initiative was previously known as Workplaces for Wellness. For a short period, many resources will still refer to Workplaces for Wellness.