Smoking in the workplace

Smoking in a workplace is covered under the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (external site) which are administered by Worksafe WA (external site), a division of the Department of Commerce.

The provisions in the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations that relate to secondhand tobacco smoke are similar to the smoking in enclosed public places provisions in the Tobacco Products Control Regulations 2006.

Supporting smoke-free workplaces – a policy implementation guide (PDF 510KB) has been designed to assist in the development and implementation of a smoke-free workplace policy that complements legislative bans in enclosed workplaces and extends to all outdoor workplaces.

The guide provides information on the health effects of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, current smoke-free legislation and the steps that must be taken in order to meet the legal requirements.

The guide also details the ways in which organisations can help to encourage and support smoking cessation. It offers a step-by-step guide to the policy planning and decision making process and provides a sample smoke-free workplace policy.

Last reviewed: 18-02-2020
Produced by

Tobacco Control Branch