Second-hand smoking, breathing in other people’s tobacco smoke, has been shown to cause cancers, heart and respiratory disease in non-smokers.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places a duty on employers to provide a working environment that is:
‘Safe, without risks to health’
HILLCREST EARLY YEARS ACADEMY acknowledges that second-hand tobacco smoke is both a public and work place health hazard and has therefore adopted this no smoking policy in the buildings and the Academy grounds.
Aims of the Policy
The policy seeks to:
- Guarantee a healthy working environment and protect the current and future health of employees, children, parents and visitors;
- Guarantee the right of non-smokers to breathe in air free from tobacco smoke;
- To comply with Health & Safety Legislation and Employment Law;
- Raise awareness of the dangers associated with exposure to tobacco smoke;
- Take account of the needs of those who smoke and to support those who wish to stop.
Restrictions on Smoking
Smoking is not permitted in any part of the premises, entrances or grounds at any time, by any person regardless of their status or business with the school.
All visitors, contractors and deliverers are required to abide by the no-smoking policy. Staff members are expected to inform visitors of the no-smoking policy. However they are not expected to enter into any confrontation which may put their personal safety at risk.
Support for smokers
Information and support will be given to all staff and those involved in the Academy’s community who wish to stop. Furthermore, contact details of local NHS Stop Smoking Services or the National Don’t Give Up Giving Up free-phone helpline 0800 169 0 169 will be made freely available.
Smokers are not entitled to extra smoking breaks at any time as this is not fair to non smokers. Smokers if they wish to smoke will have to go off site to a designated smoking area in order to comply at all times with this policy.
Disciplinary action will be given in accordance with the Academy’s disciplinary policy if these strict rules are broken.
Monitoring and Reviewing
This policy will be reviewed annually to ensure that it continues to meet the aims.
This policy was agreed by the Governors in the Summer term 2013. It will be reviewed in the Summer term 2014 and re-presented to the governing body during the Autumn term 2014.