Manual of Policies and Procedures

A/9.7 QUT smoke-free premises

Contact Officer

Executive Director, Health, Safety and Environment

Approval Date

20/05/2016

Approval Authority

Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar

Date of Next Review

01/07/2019

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

The purpose of this policy is to demonstrate QUT’s commitment to providing as safe, supportive and healthy environment, as is reasonably practicable, through implementing a smoke-free environment.

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9.7.2 Application

This policy applies to:
  • all students
  • staff members
  • members of the University community, including members of QUT Council or other university committees, visiting and adjunct academics, academic or research collaborators, volunteers, consultants and contractors undertaking services for QUT
  • individuals who have been granted access to QUT property, services or infrastructure.

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9.7.3 Roles and responsibilities

Position
Responsibility

Executive Director, Health, Safety and Environment

  • provide guidance to the QUT community on smoking on university premises consistent with QUT’s commitment to provide a safe, supportive and healthy working environment as is reasonably practicable

Supervisors/managers

  • manage issues related to smoking on campus by providing information and guidance to relevant parties
Staff and students
  • contribute to a supportive culture and maintain a smoke-free environment on QUT premises
Contractor managers
  • advise contractors of the university’s smoke-free policy
  • implement appropriate actions to promote compliance (online contractor induction training will provide contractors with information on the 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 a performing arts event, where during performances, smoking is required for dramatic effect.

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

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).

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9.7.5 Compliance

Staff and members of the university community who repeatedly breach this policy may be subject to discipline action in accordance with the QUT Staff Code of Conduct (B/8.1) and related policies.

Students who repeatedly breach this policy may be subject to discipline 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 or 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 campus security.

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9.7.6 Definitions

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

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes, e-cigars, vapour pens or a personal vaporiser) are any device used for the inhalation 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 primary and associated distributed sites (H/3.9)
  • QUT vehicles (H/3.7).

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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

QUT Enterprise Agreement (Academic Staff)

QUT Enterprise Agreement (Professional Staff)

A smoke-free university: breathe easy

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Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
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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