We are pleased to be able to open our offices to clients and visitors once more as of 1 July 2020. All visits will be by appointment only.
To enable us to welcome you to the office in line with current Government advice, we have put strict guidelines in place to ensure the health and safety of our clients/visitors and our staff.
Please ensure you read our guidelines below BEFORE visiting our offices and follow them during your visit: Click here for full guidelinesClose
11 Jun 2014
The Welsh Government has announced that they are to consider future restrictions on the use of e-cigarettes within confined areas. Currently, the use of e-cigarettes or “vaping” falls outside of the Smoke Free Premises (Wales) Regulations 2007, meaning it is not an offence to “vape” indoors.
Whilst e-cigarettes may have had a positive influence on moving people away from tobacco, their long term health impact remains unknown and the risk that they “normalise” the act of smoking or that they are seen as a “health-risk free” alternative has caused concern.
E-cigarettes utilise a battery pack to heat an element, therefore introducing a new potential health and safety risk to the workplace.
Most businesses with have had smoking policies for many years and with the introduction of anti-smoking legislation these will invariably have been tightened up. Most policies will not have been updated to consider “vaping”.
Many employers prohibit or limit smoking breaks due to the impact of productivity. However, “vaping” may not have been considered.
Whether vaping individuals should have to stand with other smokers in the same designated area is also controversial and may be considered unfair on those who have moved to vaping in order to give up smoking tobacco.
Careful consideration needs to be given to these issues and guidance issued to staff.
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