The sample Smoking Policy is available free below to download, customize and print for your small business office.
Small businesses/organizations are becoming more sensitive to health and safety practices in their workplaces to help protect their employees.
It is proven that one of the most cost-effective measures of lowering healthcare costs and increasing productivity in the workplace is tobacco cessation. Because of this more organizations or small businesses are adopting tobacco-free policy and procedures and providing employee benefits and services that supports the prevention and cessation of tobacco use.
In order for organizations to protect their employees from second-hand smoke they will need to implement policies and require a smoke-free environment on the entire organization’s property including vehicles and then provide smoking cessation support for their employees and covered dependents.
The Smoking P&P below includes:
- Written Policy– The employee will receive a copy of this policy in the employee’s orientation packet. In addition, copies of the policy are posted in various locations throughout this facility including [name locations; e.g., the break room]. Additional copies are available upon request.
- Smoking in the Workplace – Because [Company Name] is a private building not open to the general public, smoking at [Company Name] is not governed by state law or local ordinance. [Company Name] allows employees who have private offices to smoke in their offices. Employees who share offices must refrain from smoking in the office if any employee in that office objects. Smoking is not allowed in [list no smoking areas]; however, smoking is allowed in [list designated smoking areas]. Please observe the posted no smoking signs.
- Smoking/No Smoking Signs – To support its policy of not allowing smoking in other than designated smoking areas, [Company Name] has posted “No Smoking” and “Smoking” signs in the appropriate areas. Each sign posted in an area where smoking is prohibited carries the internationally recognized symbol for no smoking; a red circle containing a lit cigarette with a line drawn diagonally through the circle. Please observe these signs at all times.
- Nondiscrimination – What the employee does outside of working hours and off [Company Name]’s premises will not be the basis of any disciplinary action by [Company Name]. Nor will [Company Name] pursue a policy of discharging employees or refusing to hire applicants because they are smokers…
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