To encourage business owners to support smokers to quit, Public Health England have this month published a guideline document advising on the use of e-cigarettes in public places and workplaces.
The 15-page document gives a guide to policy making and states that, whilst no ‘one-size fits all’ answer exists to the issue, the advice is intended to help organisations develop their own policies which are not too permissive or prohibitive to vaping.
But how do you put a policy in place for your vapers without your current smokers, non-smokers and non-vapers feeling disgruntled?
Considerations suggested in the report include:
Emma McGrath, Citation Employment Law Team Manager says:
“It’s always difficult balancing the needs of vapers, smokers and other members of the workforce. Whilst vapers/smokers may well state that they need breaks in order to satisfy their nicotine requirements, this can lead to resentment from other members of the workforce who feel that they are being granted longer breaks because of this nicotine dependence.
It’s important to keep any such ‘additional’ breaks to a minimum and to ensure that all other ‘traditional’ breaks are counted as an opportunity to satisfy nicotine cravings. You could also consider granting non-smokers short tea-breaks to keep break lengths equal.
Finally, as the health implications of vaping are not yet fully known it would be sensible to have a designated area for vaping away from the work environment and not allow employees to vape at work stations.”
If you would like more information on putting together employee policies or any other aspect of HR or Employment Law, contact us today to find out how we can help.
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