Welcome to Bradford Black & Collins Office Safety Specialists.
Smoking in the workplace is very dangerous both for yourself and others around you whose health could be compromised through second-hand smoke.
It is strongly advised to stop smoking as it can cause lung cancer, emphysema and shorten your life considerably. One way you could stop smoking is by using e-cigarettes which vastly reduce the dangers of standard tobacco cigarettes.
When a vaper breathes in on the end of the e-cigarette as they would a standard tobacco cigarette the battery then activates the atomizer. This heats up the nicotine mixture until it is in vapour form. The vapour is then inhaled into the smoker much like smoke from a normal cigarette would. The vapour doesn’t contain the hundreds of harmful chemicals that are there in traditional tobacco smokes so it is much healthier. Though there hasn’t been enough scientific analysis on the e-cigarette because it hasn’t been around long enough, it looks like a substantially healthier alternative.
The whole process of “smoking” an e-cigarette works just like when a person uses a regular cigarette. They breath in and then out exactly the same. When the vaper exhales the smoke the vapor then appears to be like smoke, but then dissipates very quickly. This leaves no leftover smell and no chance of second hand smoke. It is a great way for anyone to quit smoking.
Managers must ensure there is adequate communication and co-operation with any contractor to minimise the possibility of any conflict of method.
The BBC does not insist contractors use its safety rules, however it does require that the standards used by a contractor are compatible with BBC methods. It is important to be able to distinguish between the standard and the method because:
The responsible BBC manager should not assume that another organisation will do things the way we do. Nor should it be assumed that a different method is necessarily less safe. You can tell what needs to be done, but must not dictate how it should be done. Once agreed, the arrangements made should be monitored to ensure that they are working effectively.