The University of Western Australia
This policy sets out how the University is smoke free and the principles that guide the University's management of smoking by employees, students, contractors and visitors to the University. This includes the requirement to comply with Federal and State legislation as well as to the University's by-laws, statutes, regulations, rules and policies.
"Employee" (for the purpose of this policy) means any person who is an existing employee of the University.
"Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS)" means a combination of side stream smoke (smoke from the burning end of a tobacco product) and exhaled mainstream smoke (the smoke breathed out by a smoker). ETS is classified as a human carcinogen (cancer causing agent).
"Smoking" is the inhalation and exhalation of the fumes or smoke of heating or burning tobacco, herbs or drugs. For the purposes of this policy, smoking refers to any method of consuming by heating or combustion of plant material, herbs, or drugs using any utensil or apparatus including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, pipes or cigars.
"Supervisor" means the person who is responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the employee
"University" means The University of Western Australia.
"University building" means a building owned by or under the control of the University by virtue of a lease or rental agreement and includes points of entry, windows, bridges, stairways and air conditioning vents and ducts.
"University property" means any property owned by or under the control of the University whether by freehold title or by lease or rental agreement and includes any portions of such property.
"Workplace" means a place, whether or not in an aircraft, ship, vehicle, building, or other structure, where employees or self-employed people work or are likely to be in the course of their work.
The University provides a smoke free environment for its employees, students, contractors and visitors.
Smoking is prohibited in, or at, all of the University's buildings, properties and workplaces.
The University environment must be free from tobacco advertising, promotion, sponsorship and the sale of tobacco products.
The University must not accept direct or indirect research funding from the tobacco industry.
1.1 To comply with Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Regulations workers must not be exposed to smoke in enclosed workplaces. Smoking is, therefore, prohibited in all indoor areas, and enclosed courtyards, and within five metres of any entrance, window, or air conditioning duct of any University building.
1.2 The University promotes good health and healthy lifestyles.
1.3 The University recognises that individuals have a personal choice to smoke, however, the University is committed to ensuring that its students, employees, contractors and visitors are not exposed to the hazards of environmental tobacco smoke in its workplaces including its building and vehicles.
1.4 To encourage and assist smokers who are considering quitting, a number of support services are provided by the University and/or external agencies.
1.5 All forms of tobacco advertising, promotion, sponsorship and sale of tobacco products in retail outlets or from vending machines are prohibited.
1.6 Groups or individuals in the University must not knowingly accept funding or other forms of support directly or indirectly from the Australian Tobacco Research Foundation or from the tobacco industry.
1.7 Supervisors have responsibility to promote and ensure compliance with this Policy.
2.1 All University land and property must be smoke free. University land and property includes but is not limited to the following:
2.2 The Head of University Hall can nominate one outside area for smoking to help control fire, personal and traffic safety.
2.3 Endowment properties which are rented are smoke free inside but are not subject to this policy.
3.1 To encourage and assist smokers who are considering quitting, the following support is available:
3.1.1 For Employees and Students
3.1.2 Further Help and Support
A UWA Webpage ' UWA is Smoke Free' provides information on support, resources, and links to smoking related resources and legislation.
4.1 For breaches of the WA OSH Act and Regulations, and the Tobacco Products Control Act and Regulations:
4.1.1 The person in breach should be informed they are committing an offence and be requested to stop smoking. Failing this the person should be requested to leave the premises until they have finished smoking.
4.1.2 For the University to be compliant with this legislation, smoking is prohibited in:
4.1.3 Employees who are exposed to smoke in an enclosed workplace are to inform smokers that they are in breach of the policy. Information cards can be given to the smokers. If the exposure continues employees should report to their supervisor.
4.1.4 Supervisors at all levels must report repeated breaches of the policy to their Deans (or equivalent) who must manage such breaches in accordance with the relevant University disciplinary procedures and applicable University by-laws.
4.1.5 Employees, students, contractors and visitors persisting in smoking in prohibited areas despite the intervention of Faculty or Administrative area warnings must be formally reported to the Director, Human Resources or the Director, Student Services as appropriate.
4.2 For breaches of this Smoke Free policy, beyond those of the current legislation:
4.2.1 Any person smoking should be politely asked to stop and be reminded about the Smoke-Free policy. Information cards and scripts for suggested communication will be made available.
4.2.2 If the smoking continues employees and students are asked to report to their supervisors. Supervisors will be instructed and provided with information on handling of these issues.
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Associate Director, Safety, Health and Wellbeing
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