A new, confidential, text-based reporting system introduced by Lambton Public Health will help protect people in the workplace from second-hand smoke.
If you suspect someone has been smoking in the workplace - which includes vehicles such as taxis, cars and company trucks - simply text details to 226-909-3003. The process is quick, easy and anonymous and Enforcement Officers will follow up as quickly as possible.
Stickers with the text number are available for employers to post in their vehicles and are designed to:
* provide a visual reminder of the text-based reporting service
* increase accountability
* assist business owners and managers with due diligence
Smoking or holding lit tobacco in an enclosed workplace, including workplace vehicles, is an offence as outlined in the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. Employers and employees can be subject to fines. Employers are obligated to ensure employees and clients are aware smoking is prohibited, and to post "no smoking" signs in the workplace, including workplace vehicles.
Lambton Public Health offers assistance to employers to comply with the law, assistance with policies and access to initiatives to support quit smoking attempts.
For more information on ways to make your workplace a safe and healthy place for everybody, visit www.lambtonhealth.on.ca or call 519-344-2057, ext. 2142.