No smoke

Q) Can I smoke my e-cigarette at work?

A) Although smoking in the workplace has been banned since July 2007, electronic cigarettes are not covered by the ban. So whilst they could potentially be ‘smoked’ at work, the idea of smoking whilst working now seems alien, and although reportedly they are not harmful to others, that is as yet unproven, so for now, it’s a ’no’ to smoking e-cigarettes inside.

     So do we ask e-smokers to go outside? Well, that too could be wrong, as non-smokers are entitled to a smoke-free environment, and so they shouldn’t be asked to ‘heat their liquid nicotine’ alongside the traditional smokers having a ‘puff’ in the designated smoking area.
     What are e-smokers to do then? Step outside, but to a separate smoking area, and minimise the amount of work time lost in breaks, as should all smokers, and indeed all of us for any reason.

Tips to Keep Safe this Festive Season

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents estimates that around 80,000 people go to hospital during the Christmas period following injuries at home. The following measures can be taken to keep you and your family safe this Christmas:



It’s the little things that matter

Do your bit to limit the spread of bugs this winter, by remembering the ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’ campaign.  It’s an example of just one small thing that we can do to help make the work environment a pleasant place for everyone. What else can we do?  Here are some suggestions:

  1. Maintaining good personal standards of hygiene is pretty high up the list, so don’t scrimp on deodorant for starters!  Other simple things like saying ‘good morning’ and ‘thank you’ go a long way to a harmonious environment, as does keeping good time when starting work and having meetings.
  2. Discrimination of course in any form is not tolerated, but we can do better than be non discriminatory – we can be actively inclusive of our colleagues – it does great things for team spirit and morale.
  3. If you are unlucky enough to be unwell and off work, please remember two things: i) phone your line manager at the start of the first day, and ii) complete a Self Certification Absence Form as soon as you return.  Take care.