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Document ID (ISN)56675
CIS number 91-1746
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hocking B., Borland R., Owen N., Kemp G.
Title A total ban on workplace smoking is acceptable and effective
Bibliographic information Feb. 1991, Vol.33, No.2, p.163-167. 17 ref.
Abstract The acceptability and effectiveness of a total workplace smoking ban by Telecom Australia was evaluated. Staff were surveyed before and after the ban. Sixty-six percent of staff reported that a total ban was operative, and 31% reported that a total ban except for a smoking room, leaving only 3% reporting lesser restriction. Smokers were smoking between three and four less cigarettes per work day, and the numbers of smokers had decreased by about double the community rate. The policy had little perceived effect on productivity but resulted in some tension between staff that progressively decreased and now is limited to the few areas where there were problems with compliance. A subsample of managers and staff were interviewed and factors relevant to successful implementation of the policy were identified. These included a clear statement of policy, strong managerial support via equipping managers with leadership and negotiating skills, and reliance on occupational health nurses. It is important to provide assistance to affected staff to help them adjust to the ban both before and after implementation.
Descriptors (primary) telecommunications; smoking
Descriptors (secondary) Australia; programme evaluation; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Communications industry