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Information on environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) in the workplace

Research shows that environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) may cause adverse health effects. Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (OSH regulations) relating to smoking align with the Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 and associated regulations.

Supporting smoke-free workplaces – a policy implementation guide (PDF 510KB) has been designed by the Department of Health to assist in the development and implementation of a smoke-free workplace policy that complements legislative bans in enclosed workplaces and extends to all outdoor workplaces.
The guide provides information on the health effects of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, current smoke-free legislation and the steps that must be taken in order to meet the legal requirements. The document also details the ways in which organisations can help to encourage and support smoking cessation. It offers a step-by-step guide to the policy planning and decision making process and provides a sample smoke-free workplace policy.

Frequently asked questions

  1. What do the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (OSH regulations) say about smoking in an enclosed workplace? 
  2. What about smoking in enclosed public places that are also workplaces?
  3. What about smoking in vehicles or residences?

More frequently asked questions about environmental tobacco smoke in the workplace can be found here.

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