Harbour and airport areas exempt from smoking ban
AREAS at the harbours and airport will be exempt from a smoke-free policy being introduced in January.
From the start of the year, all States’ Trading Assets sites will follow the smoking ban that has already been implemented at the prison, at Education and Health & Social Care properties and Sir Charles Frossard House.
Trading Assets runs Guernsey Water, Guernsey Dairy, Property Services and States Works as well as the ports.
The smoke-free arrangements do not include sites that are privately tenanted, such as beach kiosks.
A spokesman said the initiative had been developed to ensure that the States provides workplaces that are safe and healthy for all staff, customers, service users and visitors and comply with health and safety and employment laws.
‘There are some temporary exemption areas which will be reviewed periodically,’ the spokesman said.
‘These are the Foulon Crematorium and specific areas at Guernsey Harbours – the tenanted premises, designated smoking areas within the car check-in area, outside the passenger terminal building and the inter-island quay.
‘Guernsey Airport also has a temporary exemption in place which means the existing smoking areas will remain until reviewed. These temporary exemptions are for the public, visitors and customers and staff in their own time or whilst on breaks. The policy includes the use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices.’
Trading Assets has been working with Quitline to help staff who want to stop smoking.
Information leaflets for visitors, customers and contractors will be made available.
The goal of smoke-free grounds in States properties was part of the Guernsey and Alderney Tobacco Control Strategy (2015-2020).