One third of firms not smoke-free

26th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

26 January 2005AMSTERDAM — One third of Dutch firms were not complying with the smoke-free regulations when checked last year, the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (VWA) said on Wednesday.

26 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — One third of Dutch firms were not complying with the smoke-free regulations when checked last year, the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (VWA) said on Wednesday.

The VWA carried out inspections at 3,700 firms last year and issued 30 fines and 1,100 warnings. The premises visited included shops, offices, building works and factories. The fines varied from EUR 300 to EUR 2,400, the VWA said.

Workplaces in the Netherlands have had to be smoke-free since 1 January last year.

The VWA said firms with more than 100 employers are more likely to flout the rules, while businesses with fewer workers enforce the rules more strictly. Though many large companies have established separate smoking rooms for staff who smoke, the VWA concedes.

A quarter of businesses said applying the rules in relation to smoking was very difficult, as many of their workers who smoke wanted to be able to light up a cigarette while working. However, 75 percent of firms said the rules were reasonable.

Members of staff who feel their employer is not abiding by the rules can file a complaint with the VWA. This happened 258 times last year, prompting an inspection. 

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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