Smoking in the workplace
Employers may adhere to strict requirements as set out in legislation when providing employees with a designated smoking area. The number of smoke breaks that employees take during working hours is often a concern for employers. This could result in the employer remunerating an employee for a tremendous amount of time the employee did not work.
A designated smoking area inside the building
The area may not exceed 25% of the total floor space of the building;
The area may not be situated in an area were non-smokers will have to pass through;
The employer must ensure that there is sufficient ventilation in the smoking area.
A designated smoking area outside the building
What do I as the employer do?
- Employers can record the amount of time spent om smoke breaks if they have a clock system in the workplace;
- Ensure that the smoking area is close to the workplace to prevent wasting unnecessary time walking between the smoking area and the workplace;
- Limit the number of smoke breaks that employees may take during the day;
- Limit the duration of the smoke breaks that employees may take during the day.
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