Smoke Free Policy

Applicable to: This Policy is applicable to all WA health system entities as defined in this policy.

Description: The Smoke Free Policy requires that all WA health system entities are smoke free.  This includes, but is not limited to, all owned or leased buildings, structures, outdoor areas, grounds, car parks and vehicles.

The purpose of the Policy is to:

  • protect and prevent tobacco related health risks for all WA health system entity employees, consumers, contractors and visitors to WA health system entity sites by eliminating potential exposure to second-hand smoke; and
  • lead by example and deliver a clear message to the community and other Government agencies that WA health system entities are dedicated to providing smoke free services.

This Policy sets the requirements for WA health system entities to achieve a smoke-free environment and uphold their responsibility to prevent exposure to second-hand smoke. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996, smoking is not permitted in enclosed workplaces. 

The Policy is consistent with the following legislation:

Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (WA)
Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996
Tobacco Products Control Act 2006.

While ensuring a smoke-free environment is a responsibility of all WA health system entities, Health Service Providers that provide clinical services (i.e. Child and Adolescent Health Service, East Metropolitan Health Service, North Metropolitan Health Service, South Metropolitan Health Service, and WA Country Health Service) hold additional responsibilities under this Policy. 

This Policy is a mandatory requirement under the Public Health Policy Framework pursuant to section 26(2)(l) of the Health Services Act 2016.

This Policy is a mandatory requirement for the Department of Health pursuant to Section 29 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994.

This policy supersedes Operational Directive 0414/13 Smoke Free WA Health System Policy.

Date of effect: 01 July 2021

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