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Workplace Smoking Rules in Pennsylvania

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on June 22, 2012.

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Employers in Pennsylvania must comply with these state rules regulating smoking in the workplace.

Under the Clean Indoor Air Act, smoking is prohibited in most public places, including restaurants and indoor areas of employment.

Employers covered: Employers with one or more employees.

Written policy requirements: Written policy requirement is not specified.

Posting requirements: Under the Clean Indoor Air Act "Smoking" or "No Smoking" or the international "No Smoking" symbol, must be prominently posted and properly maintained where smoking is regulated by law, by the owner, operator, manager or other person having control of the area.

A "Smoking Permitted" sign must be prominently posted and maintained at every entrance to a public place where smoking is permitted by law.

No smoking areas: Smoking is prohibited in a public place, which includes any enclosed area which serves as a workplace, commercial establishment, or an area where the public is invited or permitted.

Permitted smoking areas: Exemptions from the restriction on smoking in workplaces include:

  • private homes, residences and vehicles, unless being used for child care or adult care services
  • certain residential facilities
  • tobacco shops and certain tobacco events
  • private clubs under certain conditions
  • a portion of casino floors (by percentage)
  • drinking establishments
  • designated quarters within a lodging establishment and within a full service truck stop

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