New rules on no-smoking signs in place as of today
From today, the regulations surrounding the display of no-smoking signs will be altered in an effort to reduce the strain on small and medium sized businesses.
The previous rules were set out in 2007, and were met with a high level of compliancy from businesses in the UK.
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has said that companies that comply with the 2007 rules need not make any changes in order to meet the new 2012 regulations.
The institute suggests that today’s changes are an effort to widen the net in order to encourage more businesses to fall in to line with the rules.
From now on, at least one readable no-smoking sign must be displayed in vehicles and buildings. Bosses can now decide on the size, design, and location of the signs.
Ian Grey, Principal Policy Officer at the CIEH, said businesses should to support their staff and members of the public into making the right decisions when using company vehicles or premises.
He said, “Businesses are free to keep any pre-existing no-smoking signs in place and to provide as much additional signage in whatever format and language they consider appropriate to inform people and support compliance.”