An e-cigarette is an electronic device that mimics tobacco smoking. Although it is not illegal to use an e-cigarette in the workplace, employers can still ban them from being used on company grounds. Wurkplace can create and implement internal policies to support this motion.
The British Medical Association (BMA) and World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended that using E-cigarettes at work or in public places (e.g. supermarkets) should be banned. Companies have been advised by the BMA that employers should update policies to communicate that the use of e-cigarettes in the workplace is prohibited. The House of Commons and the BBC have already banned them and many others are following suite.
Some employers should and will be concerned about how the use of E-cigarettes will impact the company’s image. The decision will usually be clear cut for these employers.
Before introducing new rules, employers should consult with any employee consultative body, and they should also ensure that all employees understand what the new rules mean and if they affect them.
Your policy on E-cigarettes in the workplace could include:
- A clear ban on the use of E-cigarettes in the workplace, in company vehicles and at any client locations where your employees are working
- The reason for banning E-cigarettes whether it’s for health and safety reasons or to protect the business’ image
- The actions that will be taken if employees do not comply
- Employers can implement a policy that prohibits additional smoking/e-cigarette breaks during the working day. The policy may state that any unauthorised or excessive E-smoking breaks may result in disciplinary action
- Before charging an E-cigarette at work, the charger should be PAT tested
Employers will also need to update their Health and Safety policy to cover the use of E-cigarettes as it is not covered under the general no-smoking policy.
Wurkplace can assist businesses throughout this process to ensure that any policy changes are well communicated and clear. The Consultants can help manage employees affected negatively by the change. Call 0330 400 5490
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