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Vol. 1, Issue 36 (Jun 07) Workplace Smoking

From July 1st 2007 smoke free law will apply to virtually all ‘enclosed’ and ‘substantially enclosed’ public places and workplaces. This includes both temporary (building sites), permanent workplaces (offices, shops and warehouses) & temporary workplaces such as marquees.

Indoor smoking rooms in public places and workplaces will no longer be allowed.

Premises will be considered ‘enclosed’ if they have a ceiling or roof and except for doors, windows or passageways are enclosed either on a permanent or temporary basis.

Premises will be considered ‘substantially enclosed’ if they have a ceiling or roof, but have an opening in the walls, which is less than half the
total area of the walls. The area of the opening does not include doors, windows or any other fittings that can be opened or shut.

In general all workplaces will therefore be affected.

Vehicles are to be smoke free environments as well, if they are used to transport members of the public and/or in the course of paid or voluntary work by more than one person – regardless of whether they are in the vehicle at the same time.

[Download the full article News Brief Vol. 1, Issue 36 (PDF)]

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