Code to curb smokingOn 1 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. HSE recommends approved code of practice to limit the effects of passivesmoking in the workplaceThe Health and Safety Commission has opted for an approved code of practiceto regulate passive smoking at work. “We carefully considered the different options including continuingwith a voluntary approach, before deciding the best way of protecting the 3million people still exposed to environmental tobacco smoke was through anACOP,” said HSC chairman Bill Callaghan. “It will enable everyone – employers and employees, smokers andnon-smokers – to know exactly where they stand with regard to workplace smokingand ensure compliance with health and safety law.’ Callaghan was at pains to stress the HSC is not proposing a ban on workplacesmoking. “It is rather a recognition of the need to protect those workersexposed to environmental tobacco smoke and to build on existing goodpractice,” he said. The code would give authoritative guidance on employer obligations underhealth, safety and welfare law regarding passive smoking at work. It would have special legal force similar to that of the Highway Code.Failing to follow the code would not be an offence in itself, but an employerwill need to demonstrate that equally effective measures have been adopted tosignal compliance with the law. The move was welcomed by the TUC. “This is a sensible compromise whichwill help cut down on staff turnover and sickness absence,” it announced. The recommendations now await government approval. Comments are closed.