Haringey Council has written to a number of businesses in the borough to remind them of their legal obligations under the Health Act 2006. The council is concerned that some companies in the area are failing in their duty to install anti-smoking signs on their premises.
Under the 2006 Act, every company in England and Wales is required to install a smoke-free sign at the entrance to its property. One of the main reasons for this is that workers are encouraged to defend their rights in the workplace.
Councillor Nilgun Canver said: “These signs are there to protect employees who want to work in a smoke-free environment. If signs are not displayed, employees can feel obliged to accept people smoking to avoid being accused of making a fuss.”
The cabinet member added: “The legislation is quite clear: working in a smoke-free environment is a legal right, not a privilege, whatever the size of the business.”
Businesses risk incurring a 200 Fixed Penalty Notice for failing to display the sign.
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