We have been supplying cigarette smoke detectors for the last 5 years and we regularly receive enquiries along the lines of; “I have a fleet of vehicles and I know my staff are smoking in them against our policies, how can I prove this?”. In this article we are going to outline the considerations for implementing a suitable solution.Read More
Cigarette Smoke Detectors
A new range of wireless cigarette detectors are now available for purchase at Discount Fire Supplies.Read More
With the introduction of the smoking ban in 2007 cigarette smoke detection became one of the most sought after types of smoke detection for businesses all over the UK. During this time Radal Technology has been at the forefront of the cigarette detection industry.Read More
This week Discount Fire Supplies has introduced a new range of No Smoking signs for use in areas where smoking is prohibited.Read More
Smoking cigarettes and cigars has been banned in public places for nearly 5 years across the whole of the UK but it’s still important to catch smokers breaking the law.Read More
Since the smoking ban came into effect across the UK during 2006-2007 many pubs across the country have closed, in fact over 350 have closed in Wales alone during 2007-2010. While these closures are unfortunate and possibly in part due to the ban we’ve got to remember that any lit article is a fire hazard and smoke free environments in pubs, restaurants and other public places hugely benefit our health. In any case, the smoking ban is law and as responsible citizens we have to do our utmost to observe and uphold the ban.Read More
As one would expect cigarette smoke detectors are prone to physical abuse by those who persistently wish to smoke in areas where smoking is deemed forbidden. Although our Puff Alert cigarette smoke detectors come complete with an anti-tamper peg which locks the detector to it’s base, this is still vulnerable to brute force. As such we are now offering an anti-vandal cage which acts as a protective web fitted over the detector.
Cigarette smoke detector anti-vandal cages are now available to purchase.Read More
As all employers should be aware by now, the UK is has become smoke free in almost all enclosed or substantially enclosed public places and workplaces. This ban on smoking in such places took effect from July 2007 in England, April 2007 in Wales, March 2007 in Scotland and April 2007 in Ireland.
As an employer, how does this affect me?
This ban has an impact on all employers throughout the UK. Appropriate no smoking signage must be displayed in all smoke free workplaces and vehicles and more importantly managers of such workplaces will have legal responsibilities to prevent people from smoking.
What are the consequences of breaking the smoke free law?
Failure to comply with the smoke free law is deemed a criminal offence and can carry a fixed penalty notice and/or fine. Failure to display no smoking signs carries a fixed penalty notice of £200 or maximum fine of £1,000 if prosecuted and convicted by court. Failure to prevent smoking in a smoke free workplace carries a maximum fine of £2,500. Both of these penalties are directed at whoever manages or controls the smoke free workplace.
What can an employer do to help prevent such consequences?
One extremely affective deterrent and form of active prevention is the installation of the cigarette smoke detectors. There are two versions available one of which includes a remote indicator. The detector can be installed in offices, walkways and toilets and its design incorporates a no smoking sign. Used in conjunction with the remote indicator, visual signal that cigarette smoke has been detected can be shown in another room.
As an employer, or person in control of premises, what will I have to do to comply with the law?
Employers, managers and those in control of no-smoking premises will need to display no-smoking notices and to take reasonable steps to ensure that staff, customers, members and visitors are aware of the new law and that they do not smoke in their premises. We recommend the following minimum action:
display no-smoking notices and signage so that they are clearly visible to all employees customers and visitors while they are in the premises;
developing and implementing a smoke-free policy;
removing all ashtrays from premises;
informing anyone smoking that, he/she is committing an offence;
requesting that they extinguish their smoking material immediately or leave;
and refusing a service if a customer or member continues to smoke.