Create a Smoke-Free Workplace

Key Points

  • Employers have an OSHA responsibility to keep the workplace free from recognized hazards. Through the General Duty Clause of OSHA, this can include almost anything as long as it is can reasonably and knowingly cause harm to an employee.
  • In this day and age of advanced medical knowledge, smoking may fall under this definition of known hazards. Therefore, employers have a duty to create a smoke-free workplace to avoid issues such as second-hand smoke.
  • Employers should have a written policy that is easy to understand and readily accessible by all employees that states the reasons for the smoke-free policy and how it will be enforced.

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