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The Utah Indoor Clean Air Act Business Guide- Signs & Announcements


Signs & Public Announcements

 Signs and public announcements are easy, inexpensive methods to alert employees and visitors about the smoking status of specific places. To this end, Utah Administrative Rule 392-510-12 was developed. The rule describes what kind of signage or announcements are required, where smoking is prohibited,  and where smoking is permitted under the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act statute. The following information is designed to help you become aware of requirements and to provide samples of signs that meet the requirements of the statute and rule.

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R392-510-12.Signs and Public Announcements.

Signs required in this section must be easily readable and must not be obscured in any way.  The words "No Smoking" must be not less than 1.5 inches in height.  If the international "No Smoking" symbol is used alone, it must be at least 4 inches in diameter.
(1) In places where smoking is prohibited entirely, the building owner, agent, or operator must conspicuously post a sign using the words, “No smoking is permitted in this establishment” or a similar statement, which shall also include the international no-smoking symbol, on all entrances or in a position clearly visible upon entry.into a place.
 (2) In a place where smoking is partially allowed, the building owner, agent, or operator must conspicuously post a sign using the words, “No smoking is permitted except in designated areas” or a similar statement, which shall also include the international no-smoking symbol,on all entrances or in a position clearly visible on entry into the place.
(3) In a place where smoking is allowed in it’s entirely, the building owner, agent, or operator must conspicuously post a sign using the words, “This establishment is a smoking area in its entirety” or similar statement.
(4) The building owner, agent. Or operator must post a sign at all smoking-permitted areas provided for under Section 26-38-3(2)(a), (b), and (c).. The sign must have the words, “Smoking permitted” or similar wording and include the international smoking symbol.
(5) The building owner, agent, or operator must post a sign inside the exit of all smoking-permitted areas, if the exit leads to a smoking-prohibited area. The sign must have the words, “smoking not permitted beyond this point” or similar wording and include the international no-smoking symbol.
(6) In public lodging facilities that designate guest rooms as smoking allowed the building owner, agent, or operator must conspicuously post a permanent sign on the smoking-allowed guest room door and meet the requirements of R392-510-6(1) and(2).
(7) In nursing homes, assisted living facilities, small health care facilities and hospitals with a certified swing-bed program that designate private residential sleeping rooms as “smoking allowed,” the building owner, agent, or operator must conspicuously post a permanent sign on the door and meet the requirements of R392-510-6(1) and (2).
(8) ) The building owner, agent, or operator of an airport terminal, bus station, train station, or similar place must provide announcements on a public address system as often as necessary but not less than four times per hour during the hours that the place is open to the public, as follows:
  (a) If smoking is not permitted, the announcements shall convey that the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act prohibits smoking in the place.
  (b) If smoking is partially permitted, the announcements shall convey that the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act requires smokers to smoke only in those areas specifically designated for smoking.
(9) The building owner, agent, or operator of a sports arena, convention center, special events center, concert hall or other similar place must provide announcements on a public address system prior to the beginning of any event, at intermissions, at the conclusion of the event and any other break in the program or event, as follows:
  (a) If smoking is not permitted, the announcements shall convey that the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act prohibits smoking in the place.
  (b) If smoking is partially permitted, the announcements shall convey that the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act requires smokers to smoke only in those areas specifically designated for smoking.
(10) The building owner, agent, or operator of a large place, such as an airport, university, hotel or motel, or sports arena may, in writing, request the assistance of the local health officer to establish an effective signage and public announcements plan.  The local health officer may cause the plan to be modified at any time to protect nonsmokers from being exposed to tobacco smoke.
(11) Buildings that are places of worship operated by a religious organization are not required to post signs.

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Sample Signs

The samples listed are examples of how employers and building managers can meet sign requirements for the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act. Local sign or print shops should be able to customize signs that meet specific corporate requirements. To assure requirements are met, be sure to take a copy of the requirements listed above with you. 
 

The Tobacco Prevention and Control Program has limited quantities of building signs and window clings available free of charge.

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PDF version (fax): http://www.tobaccofreeutah.org/smokefreesignorderform.pdf (PDF 48KB)
Word version (email) : http://www.tobaccofreeutah.org/smokefreeorderform.doc

Helpful Tips

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Be sure signs are posted at all  building entranceways.
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When using clear decals pick a color (e.g.- white or black) that contrasts with the background
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Don't forget to place signs on ashtrays or receptacles that are closer than 25 feet from an entryway, exit, open window, or air intake.
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Placing "In Accordance With the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act" on signs reinforces the fact that the building and work area are required to be smoke-free by law.
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Aside from signs, providing smoking policy information to every new employee during their orientation will help increase employee compliance.
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If you qualify for smoking permitted areas be sure to read r392-510-12 to be sure you are complying with requirements.
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When developing your own signs be sure to take along a copy of the signage requirements to your local sign or print shop. 
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When in doubt contact your local or state health department to clarify any questions.

 

 

 

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