Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (73)

Simon Coveney

Question:

186 Mr. Coveney asked the Minister for Health and Children the person responsible for the enforcement of the smoking ban in the workplace. [1555/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

The owner, manager or person in charge of a workplace is legally responsible for ensuring compliance with health and safety requirements, including the prohibition on smoking in the workplace. As part of the process of monitoring compliance with the smoke-free workplace requirement, authorised officers from the health boards and the Office of Tobacco Control will visit premises. I expect that the vast majority of employers, employees and the public will respect the new measures, which are primarily to protect people from exposure to toxic environmental tobacco smoke.