Technically, there is no legislation that prevents a worker from smoking during a fire assembly. However, it is considered a good practice to set a company rule to not smoke during the event of a fire drill.
The Health Act 2006 legislates for smoke-free premises, places and vehicles. This usually just related to inside buildings, but some organisations extend this to the boundaries of their entire work premises as good practice.
The non-smoking area boundary could be extended to your organisation’s fire assembly area. Even if it is fire assembly area is located outside of your work premises, employees are there as part of their working time, so company policy could be introduced to just ban smoking during working hours.
Online Fire Awareness Training
Here at iHasco, we offer an Online Fire Awareness Training course to ensure that staff know how to comply with The Fire Safety Order 2005 and The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 when there is a fire in the workplace.
All of the courses can be completed online in under an hour and will provide you with a printable certificate upon completion. Try them for free today!