Smoke free procedure

Intent

To provide a “smoke free environment” for all RMIT University campuses and facilities in Victoria, Australia.

Scope

This procedure is applicable to all students, staff, contractors, service providers, clients, customers and visitors (defined as ‘persons’) when they are engaged in University activities and is applicable to all RMIT training locations in Victoria, Australia.

Exclusions

Does not apply to RMIT overseas campuses, partner locations, research nodes and centres.

Procedure steps and actions

Procedure (including Key Points)

Responsibility

Timeline

Objectives

The objective of this procedure is to create a “smoke free environment” for the benefit of all students, staff, contractors, service providers, clients, customers and visitors by providing an environment that:

  • Reduces the risk of smoking related illnesses in RMIT’s staff and students;
  • Reduces fire related risks with RMIT facilities;
  • Minimises the exposure of tobacco smoke within the RMIT community;
  • Raises awareness of the health risks associated with smoking;
  • Provides a cleaner environment for the wellbeing of staff, students and others;
  • Promotes a community that actively encourages and welcomes a “smoke free environment”.

RMIT University students and staff.

As of 31 May 2014.

Victorian Smoke Free Legislation

Victorian smoke free legislation was introduced from 1 July 2001. Smoking is therefore prohibited generally within enclosed or covered areas.

Procedure Rule

In accordance with this legislation and the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, RMIT University smoke-free procedure extends to all RMIT property, including:

  • all land
  • buildings
  • car parks
  • vehicles
  • facilities
  • Other property owned or leased by or under the control of the University.

RMIT’s Brunswick and Bundoora campuses have designated smoking zones for a transitional period, under annual review.

Procedure Breach

In the event that there is a breach of this procedure, the following actions will be taken:

  • A warning or direction will be provided to the person(s) verbally to comply with the Smoke Free Procedure.
  • If there is further failure to comply with a warning or direction disciplinary action may be taken for any person(s) that is a RMIT student or staff member.
  • If there is further failure to comply with a warning or direction a person(s) that is a contractor, service provider, client, customer and/or visitor may be asked to leave RMIT University premises or facilities.

Responsibilities

All persons who have a responsibility for the management of others are accountable for the health and safety of the work environment and for the health and safety of all staff, students, contractors and visitors under their control.

However, health and safety are shared responsibilities and all members of the University community must co-operate to ensure a high standard of health and safety is maintained for all people within the workplace.

RMIT University students and staff.

As of 31 May 2014.

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