All WA Health owned and leased premises are smoke free.1
Smoking is not permitted on Department of Health premises throughout Western Australia.
Staff, patients, visitors, contractors and volunteers are not permitted to smoke in hospitals, community health centres, office buildings, grounds, car parks or vehicles.
WA Health recognises that exposure to second-hand smoke is a proven health risk, and an occupational health and safety issue for staff, patients and the community.
The most effective way to protect WA Health staff, patients and visitors from the adverse health effects of second-hand smoke is to provide a smoke-free environment.
- protect and improve the health of staff, patients, visitors, contractors and volunteers
- protect smokers and non-smokers from the health risks associated with exposure to second-hand smoke
- complement community-wide tobacco control measures that are reducing the prevalence of smoking
- set an example to other employers and workforces, particularly in government and health-related areas.
OD 0414/13 Smoke Free WA Health System Policy (external site) from the Director General applies to all WA Health staff, patients, visitors, volunteers and contractors.
Guidelines to implement the Smoke Free WA Health System Policy
Involuntary mental health inpatients exemption
1 Involuntary mental health inpatients over the age of 18 years may be exempted from specific aspects of the Smoke Free WA Health System Policy in certain circumstances.
Smoke-free signage is imperative in communicating the existence of WA Health’s smoke free policy as well as maintaining the message.
Two key messages were developed for both the Western Australian Country Health Services and Metropolitan Health Services.
Signage featuring these messages will ensure consistency and credibility across West Australian health facilities.