The Northern Ireland Parliament has voted to introduce smoke free enclosed public places. This will have implications for employers and employees in workplaces, clubs, pubs, restaurants, hospitals and schools across Northern Ireland.
The new law is contained in the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Northern Ireland) Act which was passed at Holyrood on 30th June (97 votes to 17 with 1 abstention), and will become law on 26th March 2006.
The legislation will improve the long-term health of the public in Northern Ireland by reducing exposure to passive smoking. Passive smoking currently claims the lives of up to 1,000 non-smokers in Northern Ireland every year and is also linked with lung cancer, heart disease, respiratory conditions and strokes.
In light of the new law, employers are being urged to consider how the legislation might affect their business or organisation. Employers and managers will have responsibility to ensure premises and staff meet all the requirements of the new law, making reasonable efforts to ensure that employees, customers and visitors are aware of the legislation. All business premises will have to display No Smoking signs that are clearly visible. Vehicles including buses, taxis, company cars, ferries and trains will also be covered by the ban.
The law will be enforced by local authority Environmental Health Officers, who will be able to give out fixed penalty notices to anyone who is committing, or has committed, an offence.
Failure to take necessary measures could see employers and managers liable to a fixed penalty if they do not take reasonable action to prevent someone smoking on the premises, or if they do not provide adequate No Smoking signs. Individual offenders who contravene the law could also be liable for fixed penalty fines.
Get prepared for the Northern Ireland and irish smoking ban with clearly visible no smoking signs as smoking will be banned in all public places, licensed premises, pubs, restuarants, clubs, hospitals, schools as well as in the workplace. The smoking ban or smoking health and social care (Northern Ireland) act will become Northern Ireland law on the 26th of March 2006.
Employers have a duty to display clearly visible, no smoking sign and signage throughout the workplace. Club, Pub and Restaurant owners will have to display no smoking signs and stop there customers smoking. All public vehicles, buses, company cars, ferries, trains will also have to display clearly visible no smoking signs.
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We also provide a range of outdoor ash trays and bins to extinuish cigarettes.
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