Smoking is banned from virtually all enclosed workplaces in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The ban also applies to vehicles which are used to transport the public or are used by more than one person in the course of work. It would therefore apply to minibuses and coaches used by educational establishments.

All smoke-free premises and vehicles to which smoking legislation applies must display at least one no smoking sign in a prominent position.

Although it is not a legal requirement, employers have been encouraged to urge employees to quit smoking. ATL believes that educational establishments should offer staff help to quit smoking. In addition, they should have a policy which addresses the following:

  • induction training on smoking restrictions

  • arrangements for staff who still wish to smoke during working hours

  • help available to staff who wish to give up smoking

  • procedures to be followed when smoking restrictions are breached.

Need further advice?

Your first point of contact is your ATL rep in your school or college. Your local ATL branch is also available to help with queries, or you can contact ATL's member advisors on tel: 020 7930 6441 or email us. Please have your membership number to hand when telephoning and include it with any correspondence - this will help us to answer your query more quickly.

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