Site operative smoking ambassadors

The welfare of a site’s workforce should be of upmost performance and it is key to keep a high level of support available for all personnel.

The nature of smoking on site is a real issue and its link to site operatives being exposed to long term illness has demanded increased levels of awareness and action.

Sites should not only make sure the appropriate restrictions are in place but also offer effective support and consultation.

Below is an example of how a site provided support to its workers regarding smoking:

  • Encouraging operatives to stop smoking is common guidance in the UK, one site took this a step further by creating two ‘Smoking Ambassadors’ from their very own workforce;
  • Trained by the NHS Trust, these operatives were fully qualified to deliver specific toolbox talks on the benefits of quitting smoking;
  • Associated with these toolbox talks, tests can be carried out on each individual to demonstrate the enhanced levels of CO2 found in their bloodstream as a result of smoking;
  • Those individuals who volunteered to join the “Quit Programme” were regularly checked for their CO2 levels and made aware if they were diminishing.

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Monitor report, Carillion Construction Ltd, Bristol, December 2015.


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