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Smoke free policy

Last reviewed on 01 December 2017

Here at the Co-op we want to protect the wellbeing of everyone in our workplace by not exposing them to second-hand cigarette smoke. We’re also committed to fulfilling our legal obligation to provide a smoke-free working environment.

Crucial bits

You’re not allowed to smoke within any Co-op building, outside any of our buildings where “No Smoking” signs are displayed, or right next to the entrances of any buildings used by customers or other visitors.

All Co-op vehicles are non-smoking, even if you’re travelling alone. Smoking is also banned in all of our commercial vehicles. If you’re driving your own vehicle on work business, you must not smoke if there’s someone in the car with you.

Just so everyone’s clear, any breach of this policy may lead to disciplinary action, up to and including summary dismissal. Also, just to remind you, it’s a criminal offence to smoke in smoke-free areas. A fixed penalty of £50 or prosecution and a fine of up to £200 can be issued by the police.

Things to think about

All our work premises have an approved external smoking area. If you’re not sure where this is, ask your manager. Of course, if you want to smoke you’ll need to use your breaks.

If you need to go into the homes of customers or other colleagues for work reasons, and these aren’t smoke-free environments, you can hold your meeting in a public venue instead if you prefer and this is appropriate.

We know that some colleagues use electronic cigarettes, also known as ‘e-cigarettes’, ‘personal vaporizers’, or ‘electronic nicotine delivery systems’. You’re not allowed to use these within Co-op buildings and vehicles, or outside Co-op buildings in designated “No Smoking” areas or by entrances used by customers and visitors, because they can give off an unpleasant vapour and may be a health risk to others. Also, using these within the workplace can look unprofessional.

If you need further support

If you have any questions about where you’re allowed to smoke, please speak to your manager. If managers need advice they can contact ER Services.

You may need additional support, so remember we have an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) who can help. You can contact the EAP in confidence on 0800 069 8854.