All substantially enclosed and enclosed public places including public transport, shopping centres, restaurants, pubs & clubs. Offices and workplaces (including domestic dwellings) where more than one person works are subject to the smoking ban. Both permanent and temporary structures must abide by the law.
Private homes are not subject to the Health Act, as well as certain designated rooms within hotels, guest houses, hospices and prisons.
Under the 2006 Health Act, "substantially enclosed" means premises or structures with a ceiling or roof that includes an opening or gap (not windows or doors) which is less than the total area of the wall space.
All of our smoking specific shelters have been developed to comply with the smoking ban legislation, and are at least 50% open to allow continuous flow of air whilst still providing protection from adverse weather.
In the UK there is no restriction on the size of a shelter or the size of its roof. However, to limit smoke build up and thus secondary passive smoke inhalation, the sides of the shelters may not form more than 50% enclosure of the shelter. In simple terms, the shelter may only have two sides, either a back and one side or a back and two half sides. All NBB smoking shelters fully conform to this ruling and are effectively less than 50% enclosed regardless of side panel configuration.
The positioning of smoking shelters is important as different local authorities may have differing stipulations and rules for placing shelters near existing buildings, so it is important you check the regulations first. Shelter position can also be used to maximise the effect of the shelter with regard to adverse weather. If on your site the majority of wind and rain comes from the Southwest, you should position the shelter so the back is facing this direction and thus maximum protection is afforded.
The Smoke Free legislation states that all enclosed or substantially enclosed public areas, vehicles (public transport and work related) as well as places of work are required to display the appropriate no-smoking signs.
Under the 2006 Health Act signs must:
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