[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Cobleskill 3-19-1990. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The New York State Clean Indoor Air Act, which was recently enacted, requires every employer, both public and private, to provide smoke-free work areas for employees who desire it and to develop and maintain a written policy regarding smoking in the workplace. The policy must conform to all requirements contained in this statute. It is the intention of the legislation to improve the health, comfort and environment of the people of the state by limiting exposure to tobacco smoke.
Editor's Note: See Article 13-E of the Public Health Law
The Village of Cobleskill has developed this policy to meet this statutory mandate. This policy and guidelines are predicated on the substantial and well-documented scientific research showing that breathing secondhand smoke is a significant health hazard for nonsmokers.
Pursuant to the Clean Indoor Air Act, the Village of Cobleskill recognizes the obligation to protect nonsmoking employees and visitors to the Agency from the involuntary exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. At the same time, the Village of Cobleskill accepts the further responsibility of meeting this obligation without imposing needless or unnecessary hardship on employees and members of the public who smoke. It is the intention of this policy to make the best balance possible between these conflicting obligations.
The following is the Village of Cobleskill policy on smoking in the workplace:
Smoking is prohibited in any enclosed work area occupied by more than one (1) person whenever one (1) or more employees in the work area request a smoke-free environment. For purposes of this policy, "work area" shall mean a room, office, Village of Cobleskill vehicle or any other area enclosed by floor-to-ceiling walls and doors in which Village of Cobleskill employees are conducting Village of Cobleskill business.
Smoking is also prohibited in auditoriums, classrooms, rest rooms, hallways, libraries and rooms or areas containing photocopying or other equipment used by employees in common. The Village of Cobleskill Board of Trustees may recommend that other areas be designated as "no smoking" for safety reasons.
Effective April 1, 1990, this policy shall apply to all employees and visitors to Village of Cobleskill operated facilities. Where employees are using facilities operated by other public or private agencies, the policy in effect for that facility will apply.