4.4:   Smoke-Free Workplace Policy


Second-hand smoke, also known as Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) or passive smoke is a cause of disease, including lung cancer and heart disease, in third parties. Neither the simple separation of smokers and non-smokers within the same air space, nor the provision of ventilation, can eliminate exposure to second-hand smoke and the consequent health effects of such exposure. This policy has been developed to protect all employees, service users, customers and visitors from exposure to second-hand smoke, to ensure compliance with legal obligations and to ensure a safe working environment.

It is the policy of Sonna National School that all its workplaces are smoke-free and that all employees have a right to work in a smoke-free environment. Smoking is prohibited throughout the workplace with no exceptions. This policy applies to all employees, consultants, customers and visitors.

Overall responsibility for policy implementations rests with the occupier, manager or other person, for the time being, in charge of the workplace. All staff has an obligation to adhere to, and facilitate the implementation of this policy.
The person in charge i.e. Daithí Ó Fiaich shall inform all existing employees, consultants and contractors of the policy and their role in the implementation and monitoring of the policy. All new and prospective employees, consultants and contractors shall be given a copy of the policy on recruitment/induction by the person in charge.