Council to hold clean air show

PUBLISHED: 15:27 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:14 31 May 2010

HELP and advice for local businesses on how to become smoke-free workplaces will be offered at a Clear the Air conference on Tuesday. The event is organised by Uttlesford District Council and the West Essex Primary Care Trust to get businesses ready to im

HELP and advice for local businesses on how to become smoke-free workplaces will be offered at a Clear the Air conference on Tuesday.

The event is organised by Uttlesford District Council and the West Essex Primary Care Trust to get businesses ready to implement the smoking ban which comes into effect from July 1 under the Health Act 2006.

It takes place at the council's London Road offices in Saffron Walden from 9am and MP Sir Alan Haselhurst will be giving the opening speech.

He said: "With important changes in the law soon to take place it is important local businesses should be aware of what will be expected of them.

"The conference should therefore perform a very useful and informative role."

All businesses will have to display prominent no

smoking signs at their

premises and the ban, which is aimed at protecting people from passive smoking, covers all enclosed public places including offices, factories, pubs and bars, though not outdoors or in private homes.

People who work from home will also be affected if they share space with other employees.

Cllr David Morson, chairman of the district council's community committee, said: "I welcome this conference and the measures the Government are taking.

"They reflect a rapidly developing awareness of the dangers of passive smoking in work places and in other public venues.

"The more that education can be used to reduce risks to health the better."

To register for a free place at the conference, contact UDC's Health Promotion Officer Lisa Lipscombe on 01799 510624.

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