Worksafe WA consultation – Regulation of e-cigarette use in the workplace

WorkSafe WA is inviting public submissions on proposed amendment to the Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 regarding e-cigarette use in the workplace.

A workplace includes a fishing vessel.

The proposed amendment applies the same laws to e-cigarettes and vaping (e-cigarettes are also referred to as ‘vapes’ and the use as ‘vaping’) as those for traditional tobacco products (e.g. cigarettes, cigars, pipes).

  • prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in an enclosed workplace (Note: A vehicle, or vessel, used for business is considered to be a workplace);
  • require a sign or notice to be displayed that using e-cigarettes are prohibited at the workplace;
  • enable WorkSafe inspectors to request people to stop using an e-cigarette in a workplace;
  • protect the health and safety of workers and others at a workplace from the smoke, aerosol or vapour released by e-cigarettes through vaping; and
  • impose penalties for e-cigarette use in an enclosed workplace.

Subject to this consultation, changes to the regulations would seek to take effect at the end of 2024.

Your feedback is now sought on whether you support the proposed change and how this may impact you or your workplace.

Submissions close: 5pm Western Standard Time on Wednesday 31 July 2024.

Feedback template to submit your comments can be found here.

Further information on the submission can be obtained by emailing: [email protected]