Exposure to second-hand smoke/Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) also known as passive smoking is a cause of disease, including lung cancer and heart disease, in third parties. Neither the simple separation of smokers and non-smokers within the same airspace nor the provision of ventilation can eliminate exposure to ETS and the consequent health effects of such exposure. This policy has been developed to protect all employees, service users, customers and visitors from exposure to ETS, to ensure compliance with legal obligations and to ensure a safe working environment.
It is the policy of Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny, that all of its workplaces are smoke-free and that all employees have a right to work in a smoke-free environment.
Smoking is prohibited within the entire school boundary with no exceptions. This policy applies to all employees, consultants, contractors, customers and visitors. In the school context this also applies to students and parents.
Overall responsibility for policy implementation rests with the Board of Management. All staff have an obligation to adhere to, and facilitate the implementation of this policy. The person in charge Mr. Noel Ferry, shall inform all existing employees, consultants and contractors of the policy and their role in the implementation and monitoring of the policy. All new and prospective employees, consultants and contractors shall be given a copy of the policy on recruitment/induction by the Principal. Students and parents will be informed of this policy.
Infringements by staff will be dealt with under local disciplinary procedures. Infringements by customers, clients etc., will be dealt with in accordance with the procedure set out below. Employees, consultants, contractors, customers and visitors who contravene legislation prohibiting smoking in the workplace are also liable to a criminal prosecution with an associated fine.