Manual of Policies and Procedures

A/9.7 QUT smoke-free premises

Contact Officer

Executive Director, Health, Safety and Environment

Approval Date

07/04/2020

Approval Authority

Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar

Date of Next Review

01/04/2023

9.7.1 Purpose
9.7.2 Application
9.7.3 Roles and responsibilities
9.7.4 Prohibition on smoking
9.7.5 Compliance
9.7.6 Definitions
Related Documents
Modification History

9.7.1 Purpose

QUT is committed to providing a safe, supportive and healthy environment by mandating University sites as smoke-free environments.

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9.7.2 Application

This policy applies to all members of the QUT community, including staff, students and authorised visitors.

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9.7.3 Roles and responsibilities

Position
Responsibility

Executive Director, Health, Safety and Environment

  • encourages members of the QUT community to adopt and maintain a healthy non-smoking lifestyle by providing advice, guidance and information on ‘quit smoking’ resources
  • provides guidance to the QUT community on the University’s commitment to provide a safe, supportive and healthy working environment

Supervisors/managers

  • manage issues related to smoking on campus by providing information and guidance to relevant parties
  • encourage and support staff and students within their area of responsibility to be ‘smoke free’ on University sites and while conducting University business
QUT Security officers
  • assist in the enforcement of QUT’s smoke-free policy
Staff, students and authorised visitors
  • contribute to a healthy culture and maintain a smoke-free environment on QUT premises
  • adhere to all ‘no smoking’ signage
Contractor managers
  • advise contractors of the University’s smoke-free policy
  • implement appropriate actions to promote compliance (e.g. online contractor induction training will provide contractors with information on this policy)

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9.7.4 Prohibition on smoking

Smoking is prohibited on all QUT premises. Exceptions may be granted in rare circumstances by the Executive Director, Health, Safety and Environment (on recommendation from the relevant Head of School or Executive Director) for example, a performing arts event, where during performances, smoking is required for dramatic effect, or indigenous or religious smoking ceremonies.

Smokers are required to follow directions given by authorised QUT staff such as supervisors and managers and QUT security officers in regard to the implementation of the University's policy on smoking.

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9.7.5 Compliance

University employees are entitled to take breaks from work in accordance with relevant University enterprise agreements and the Attendance and working hours policy (B/7.1). If a staff member wishes to smoke during an authorised break from work, they are required to leave the University premises to do so.

Staff who repeatedly breach this policy may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the QUT Staff Code of Conduct (B/8.1), relevant policies and staff enterprise agreements.

Students who repeatedly breach this policy may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the QUT Student Code of Conduct (E/2.1) and related policies.

Contractors who repeatedly breach this policy may be asked to leave University premises and may be subject to a breach of contract.

Visitors who repeatedly breach this policy after being warned not to, will be asked to leave University premises by QUT security officers.

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9.7.6 Definitions

Smoking includes the use of cigarettes and other tobacco-related products (herbal cigarettes, loose smoking blends, cigarette papers, cigarette making machines, cigarette filters, and electronic cigarettes) or other devices used for similar purposes.

Electronic cigarettes include e-cigarettes, e-cigars, vapour pens, a personal vaporiser or any device used for the inhalation, exhalation or emission of a substance as defined by the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 (Qld).

QUT premises means any physical site under QUT control, including:

  • all QUT campuses (H/3.1)
  • QUT distributed sites (H/3.9)
  • Transport and mobility management (H/3.7) - vehicles.

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Related Documents

MOPP B/7.1 Attendance and working hours

MOPP B/8.1 QUT Staff Code of Conduct

MOPP E/2.1 QUT Student Code of Conduct

A smoke-free university: breathe easy

QUT Enterprise Agreement (Academic Staff) (QUT staff access only)

QUT Enterprise Agreement (Professional Staff) (QUT staff access only)

Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 (Qld)

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Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
07.04.2020 All Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar Periodic review - revised policy
15.08.2016 All Registrar Revised policy to include exception to prohibition for performances
20.05.2016 All Registrar Revised policy to include new smoking restrictions – smoke-free premises (effective 01.07.16)
20.05.2013 All Registrar Revised policy to clarify smoking definitions
04.10.2011 All Registrar Periodic review - no changes required
15.07.2007 All Registrar Revised policy to define areas where smoking is prohibited
15.04.2005 All Registrar Revised policy to reflect State legislative changes (endorsed by Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Committee 13.04.05)
25.05.2004 All Acting Registrar Revised to clarify roles of University officers in relation to implementation and enforcement of policy, and to further define list of areas where smoking is permitted
13.10.2002 A/9.7.2 Registrar Defined list of areas where smoking is permitted
10.08.2001 A/9.7.2 Registrar Revised list of areas where smoking is permitted and defined " open uncovered spaces "
03.03.2000 A/9.7 Vice-Chancellor Revised policy (endorsed by Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Committee 24.2.00 and University Health and Safety Committee 17.2.00)
19.08.1999 A/9.7 University Health and Safety Committee Revised policy

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